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 73 Verso:
Study of a Cloudy Sky c.1808–18
Turner Bequest CLIV a 72a
Pencil on white wove paper, 89 x 112 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Blue’ and ‘Yelw’ centre left, ‘Blue blending | with yellow’ right of centre, ‘Bright | clouds’ centre right, and ‘[?...ing in] warm and | shadow vy warm Grey yet | the shad very cold’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As set out under folio 7 verso (D12134), there are nearly thirty pages of cloud studies in this sketchbook, some, as here, being annotated with colours and other observations; the reading of Turner’s longest inscription here should be regarded as slightly tentative, as it is inscribed with a soft or blunt pencil, making some letter forms rather blurred. The drawing, inverted relative to the foliation, continues on folio 74 recto opposite (D12230; CLIV a 73).

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-r1147647, accessed 19 November 2019.