Study of clouds
Philip Reinagle RA (1749 - 1833)
RA Collection: Art
This drawing is one of a group of studies of cloudy skies by Philip Reinagle. Some of the sheets have been numbered by the artist and also feature his notes on the appearance of the clouds.
Having trained with Allan Ramsay, Reinagle began his career as a portraitist. He soon diversified into illustration, landscape and animal painting. The need to depict animals in their natural habitat combined with an interest in Dutch art may have been the motivation behind Reinagle's growing interest in landscape from about 1800 onwards. These studies of clouds were carried out around 1816 and were probably preparatory drawings for paintings such as 'A wood scene with cattle - midday effect' (exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1824).
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