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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of Sky 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 150 Verso:
Study of Sky 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 147 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 118 x 78 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Cold Clouds with [...] very Cold Light R[...]’ top; ‘[?Grummn]’ top left, ‘[?Grummn...]’ centre towards right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These hurriedly executed and rather scrappy jottings of a cloudy sky and landscape with tower mark the beginning of Turner’s passage away from the Rhine valley towards Liège in Belgium. Cecilia Powell writes that the artist took a diligence over land to reach the Belgian city, the bumpy journey and fast pace of travel accounting for the scribbly, disjointed nature of his drawings (see, for example, Tate D19846–D19869; Turner Bequest CCXVI 148–157a).1 Turner’s inscriptions here are difficult to read, and sometimes illegible. They appear to be comments on the colour and tone of sky: the ‘Cold Clouds’, for example, and the ‘very Cold Light’.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

Powell 1991, p.43.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Study of Sky 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-study-of-sky-r1174638, accessed 09 December 2021.