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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of a Cloudy Sky c.1808-18

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
Study of a Cloudy Sky c.1808–18
Pencil on white wove paper, 89 x 37 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Blue Grey’ below centre
This irregular stub is not mentioned in Finberg’s Turner Bequest Inventory,1 The drawing of clouds on folios 21 verso and 23 recto (D12153, D12154) continues across it, so the rest of the leaf was presumably torn out beforehand. As set out under folio 7 verso (D12134), there are nearly thirty pages of cloud studies in this sketchbook, some annotated with colours, as here, and other observations.
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Matthew Imms
September 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Study of a Cloudy Sky c.1808–18 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-r1147570, accessed 24 September 2020.