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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?The Coast of the Isle of Wight; Clouds over the Sea 1845

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
?The Coast of the Isle of Wight; Clouds over the Sea 1845
D35505
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 10
Pencil on white wove paper, 86 x 111 mm
Partial watermark ‘W K | 18’
Inscribed by Turner ‘I of [?Wight]’ top centre, and ‘[...]’ centre right, upside down
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘10’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXI – 10’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
At the top is a coastal profile, with an inscription Finberg read as ‘I. of England’, but which might perhaps be ‘I[sle] of Wight’ (see also folio 12 recto; D35509). A larger drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, showing dramatic, billowing rainclouds over the sea. Compare the similarly slight studies on folio 9 verso opposite (D35504), and see the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight coastal views and inscribed studies of clouds and the sun over the sea scattered through it.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?The Coast of the Isle of Wight; Clouds over the Sea 1845 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-coast-of-the-isle-of-wight-clouds-over-the-sea-r1183930, accessed 25 October 2021.