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Royal Meteorological Society|Enquiries to Science Museum, London

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A collection of 51 drawings with 1 engraving, studies of clouds c1803-1811, by the meteorologist Luke Howard FRS (1772-1864). Mainly pencil and wash, 19x28cm. or smaller with conservation paper backs or edging. - Collection assembled in 1923 by Howard's granddaughter Mariabella Fry from 'loose scraps among family papers, without note or comment' and subsequently deposited by the Royal Meteorological Society. - Some sketches are inscribed, only two dated. Showing observations of cloud formations while adopting the nomenclature presented in Howard's paper 'On the modifications of clouds' 1803. Six drawings have highly finished landscapes probably by an assistant, Silvanus Bevan. Some are originals for engravings of cloud formations in editions of the classification promulgated in Philosophical Magazine 1803, Rees's Cyclopedia and other, later publications. For specific details of each drawing please see 1981-862/1 to 1981-862/52

Chemist and amateur meterologist Luke Howard captured the different shapes and colours of clouds in these delicate pencil and watercolour sketches. Along with observations of height and movement, he managed the unimaginable and classified the clouds. Howard identified three basic families of clouds, using Latin names: cirrus ('curl of hair'), stratus ('layer') and cumulus ('heap' or 'pile'). He then added a further four subcategories - cirro-cumulus, cirro-stratus (nimbus) to explain the way clouds could swiftly change in appearance or join with others in the sky. Howard collaborated with the artist Edward Kennion to produce more picturesque cloud sketches for the third edition of his 'Essay on the Modification of Clouds' published in Alexander Tilloch’s 'Philosophical Magazine' in 1865.

Cloud study of light cirro-cumulus beneath cirrus

Cloud study of light cirro-cumulus beneath cirrus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Layers of stratus, wreathing mountain slopes

Cloud study of Layers of stratus, wreathing mountain slopes

1807

Cloud study of Cirrus

Cloud study of Cirrus

1803-1811

Cloud study of cirrus, above light cirrostratus, with cirrocumulus below

Cloud study of cirrus, above light cirrostratus, with cirrocumulus below

1803-1811

Cloud study of bank of cumulus lit from behind by the Sun

Cloud study of bank of cumulus lit from behind by the Sun

1803-1811

Cloud study of Aggregate cumulus in different stages

Cloud study of Aggregate cumulus in different stages

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cumulus

Cloud study of Cumulus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cumulus and a little stratus

Cloud study of Cumulus and a little stratus

1803-1811

Cloud study of stratus beneath cumulus

Cloud study of stratus beneath cumulus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cumulus

Cloud study of Cumulus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Bank of cumulus amassed over hilly landscape

Cloud study of Bank of cumulus amassed over hilly landscape

1803-1811

Cloud study of Heaped cumulus, with stratus beginning, above a hilly landscape

Cloud study of Heaped cumulus, with stratus beginning, above a hilly landscape

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cumulo-stratus above house in landscape

Cloud study of Cumulo-stratus above house in landscape

1803-1811

Cloud study of Light cumulus above sketched landscape with distant flattened hill

Cloud study of Light cumulus above sketched landscape with distant flattened hill

circa 1807

Cloud study of cirrocumulus

Cloud study of cirrocumulus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cirrocumulus

Cloud study of Cirrocumulus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cumulus blowing in high wind

Cloud study of Cumulus blowing in high wind

1803

Cloud study of Light cumulus and stratus

Cloud study of Light cumulus and stratus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cumulus, with nimbus and touch of stratus possibly above a lake

Cloud study of Cumulus, with nimbus and touch of stratus possibly above a lake

1803-1811

Cloud study of Light cumulus

Cloud study of Light cumulus

1803-1811

Cloud study of light cirrostratus, above cumulus

Cloud study of light cirrostratus, above cumulus

1811

Cloud study of dark cirrostratus

Cloud study of dark cirrostratus

1803-1811

Cloud study of dark cirrostratus or fading nimbus

Cloud study of dark cirrostratus or fading nimbus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Reluctant cirrostratus above outline landscape

Cloud study of Reluctant cirrostratus above outline landscape

1803-1811

Cloud study of nimbus

Cloud study of nimbus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Stratus

Cloud study of Stratus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Light cumulus and stratus, above sea inlet with small craft and no wind

Cloud study of Light cumulus and stratus, above sea inlet with small craft and no wind

1803-1811

Cloud study of Nimbus showing anvil with cumulus and water vapour streaming out

Cloud study of Nimbus showing anvil with cumulus and water vapour streaming out

1803-1811

Cloud study of nimbus rainfall

Cloud study of nimbus rainfall

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cumulostratus, with possible sunken nimbus

Cloud study of Cumulostratus, with possible sunken nimbus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Half a nimbus anvil

Cloud study of Half a nimbus anvil

1803-1811

Cloud study of spreading anvil of nimbus

Cloud study of spreading anvil of nimbus

1803-1811

Cloud study of cumulus and cirrostratus

Cloud study of cumulus and cirrostratus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cumulus behind stratus

Cloud study of Cumulus behind stratus

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cumulus in fair weather

Cloud study of Cumulus in fair weather

1803-1811

Cloud study of a formation of cumulostratus, with blown-out anvil, over landscape

Cloud study of a formation of cumulostratus, with blown-out anvil, over landscape

1803-1811

Cloud study of cumulus and developing nimbus

Cloud study of cumulus and developing nimbus

1803-1811

Cloud study of nimbus rainclouds

Cloud study of nimbus rainclouds

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cumulus and anvil spreading for rain

Cloud study of Cumulus and anvil spreading for rain

1803-1811

Cloud study of rain hitting the ground, anvil is spread out

Cloud study of rain hitting the ground, anvil is spread out

1803

Cloud study of nimbus against light of sun

Cloud study of nimbus against light of sun

1808

Cloud study of a distant shower

Cloud study of a distant shower

1803

Cloud study of a landscape, viewed by fisherman, with cumulus

Cloud study of a landscape, viewed by fisherman, with cumulus

1803-1811

Partially finished rough sketch of landscape with cloud study

Partially finished rough sketch of landscape with cloud study

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cirrus in parallel receding lines

Cloud study of Cirrus in parallel receding lines

1803-1811

Cloud study of Cirrus in parallel receding lines

Cloud study of Cirrus in parallel receding lines

1803-1811

Cloud study of cirrus in parallel receding lines

Cloud study of cirrus in parallel receding lines

1803-1811

Cloud study of Stratus, above rough sea without sunlight

Cloud study of Stratus, above rough sea without sunlight

1803-1811

Study of a storm cloud

Study of a storm cloud

1803-1811

Cloud study with Stratus-like brush marks

Cloud study with Stratus-like brush marks

1803-1811

Cloud study with Stratus-like brush marks

Cloud study with Stratus-like brush marks

1803-1811

Cloud study by Luke Howard

Cloud study by Luke Howard

1803-1811

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1981-862
Measurements:
overall: 190 x 280 mm
type:
drawings
credit:
On loan from the Royal Meteorological Society