Layers of stratus, wreathing mountain slopes, c 1803-1811.
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Layers of stratus, wreathing mountain slopes, c 1803-1811.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Pencil and grey wash cloud study by Luke Howard (1772-1864). Ordering and classification were important features of Enlightenment science. Fascinated since childhood by the weather, and clouds in particular, Howard classified and named different cloud types between 1803-1811. His work is believed to have influenced many of the landscape painters of the Romantic era, including Turner and Constable. Although never trained as a scientist, Howard's contribution to the developing science of meteorology led to him being made a fellow of the Royal Society in 1821. His terminology and symbols are still largely used to describe clouds today. On loan to the Science Museum from the Royal Meteorological Society.

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