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How the Naming of Clouds Changed the Skies of Art

A 'Light Cirro Cumulus' cloud study by Luke Howard (1803-11) (© Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library)

How the Naming of Clouds Changed the Skies of Art

This article from explains how Luke Howard’s classification of clouds in 1802 and their subsequent study influenced artists from John Constable to J. M. W. Turner. It includes sketches from the ‘Essay on the modifications of clouds’ by Luke Howard (1865 edition) as well as links to other studies and scientific exhibitions.

1 Comment
  • Margaret Harwood avatar

    Margaret Harwood

    April 23, 2016at10:25 am

    Excellent article, answered a lot of questions I had noticed the changes in appearance of clouds in paintings,but not really sure that it fitted in ‘ Howard’ timeline. Thank you.

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