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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of Clouds and Coast, Probably on Voyage North to Edinburgh 1822

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Recto:
Study of Clouds and Coast, Probably on Voyage North to Edinburgh 1822
D17508
Turner Bequest CC 1
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘1’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CC 1’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This rather rough and smudged sketch shows a stretch of coast or hilltop with a windmill or church, above which is a dramatic cloudy sky. As Gerald Finley has speculated, this sketch is probably one of those made from a boat during Turner’s sea journey to Edinburgh.1 The artist travelled to and from Edinburgh by boat and recorded much of the coastline between the two points (see folio 1a; D17509), as well as making various studies of the sea and sky in different weather conditions and times of day. With its lack of topographical specificity, but abundant detail in the sky, this sketch appears to belong to this second area of interest. Studying the skies was a sustained interest during this visit to Edinburgh, with sketches of weather effects, and the appearance of clouds and the sun over the sea throughout this sketchbook (see folio 3; D17512).

Thomas Ardill
July 2008

1
Finley 1981, p.81.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Study of Clouds and Coast, Probably on Voyage North to Edinburgh 1822 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2008, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-study-of-clouds-and-coast-probably-on-voyage-north-to-r1132849, accessed 26 June 2022.