J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of a Cloudy Sky c.1817-19

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Verso:
Study of a Cloudy Sky c.1817–19
Turner Bequest CLXIX 2a
Pencil on white wove paper, 87 x 119 mm
Part watermark ‘atman | y Mills | 17’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘grey’ towards bottom left, ‘grey’ bottom centre, ‘sun [?at]’ towards bottom right and ‘orange’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The fluffy outlines of clouds are indicated above, with a horizontal band of shading towards the lower right above the ‘orange’ note, perhaps indicating observations around sunset. The sketch continues a little way onto folio 3 recto opposite (D13755). For other cloud studies, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Study of a Cloudy Sky c.1817–19 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-study-of-a-cloudy-sky-r1147477, accessed 29 January 2020.