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 74 Recto:
Study of a Cloudy Sky c.1808–18
D12230
Turner Bequest CLIV a 73
Pencil on white wove paper, 89 x 112 mm
Inscribed by Turner ‘Light Blue’ towards top left, ‘Blue’ at centre, and ‘yellow towards bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CLIV (a) – 73’ top left, upside down
 
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 present drawing, inverted relative to the foliation, continues on folio 73 verso opposite (D12229; CLIV a 72a).
Technical notes:
There seems to be no sign of John Ruskin’s usual red ink foliation; there are such numbers on most of the earlier pages (see the Introduction to the sketchbook).

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-r1147648, accessed 19 October 2021.