Cloud study of Cumulus blowing in high wind

Made:
1803 in United Kingdom
artist:
Luke Howard
Cloud study of Cumulus blowing in high wind

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Royal Meteorological Society|Enquiries to Science Museum, London
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Cloud study of Cumulus blowing in high wind
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Cloud study by Luke Howard, 1803. Cumulus blowing in high wind. Blue and grey wash, 10x18cm

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.

Details

Category:
Art
Materials:
paper (fibre product) and watercolour
Measurements:
overall (primary support): 96 mm x 180 mm
overall (secondary support): 180 mm x 270 mm
Identifier:
1981-862/17
type:
drawing
credit:
On loan from the Royal Meteorological Society