Callcott was a close friend and admirer of Turner. The two artists were often influenced by each other. Like Turner, Callcott was fascinated by atmospheric effects. His landscapes and marines tended to be simple and almost abstract in composition, to provide a clear stage for mists or shifting lights.This picture of the Sussex coast was praised for its ‘aerial tints’ which gave ‘unity of character... the interesting impression of this otherwise desolate and uninviting prospect’. It was bought by the collector, Sir John Leicester, who formed an important collection of modern British art.