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Heaped thundercloud over sea and land
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Heaped thundercloud over sea and land

Circa 1835-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 - 1851)

Height: 22.5 cm; Width: 29.1 cm;

Collector's mark

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Stephen (Sir) (in memory of); gift; 1974

About this work
Although Turner was fascinated with the appearance of sky and cloud formations, he was more concerned to note atmospheric effects than to make an accurate meteorological record. Here, using broad sweeps of colour over buff paper, left bare in places to resemble sand, he creates a vivid impression of thunderous clouds and streaks of rain lashing over the sea and land. It seems likely that these sketchbook studies were made by Turner purely for their own sake rather than as preparatory works. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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