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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of Sky at Richmond c.1815-18

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 16 Verso:
Study of Sky at Richmond circa 1815–18
Turner Bequest CXLI 16a
Pencil on white wove paper, 88 x 114 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Richmond’ lower centre and with colour notes ‘grey’, ‘yellow Cloud floats’, ‘W’, ‘Light’, ‘Yellow’, ‘Blue W’, ‘L Blue light’ and ‘G’ within image
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, this study was originally continued to the left on a folio now torn out, of which only a stub remains, not numbered in the current foliation. This variegated sky study is followed by more skies, some with rainbows, folios 17 verso–21 (D10614–10621). All are presumably over Richmond.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Study of Sky at Richmond c.1815–18 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2011, 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-sky-at-richmond-r1131665, accessed 05 December 2021.