John Hoppner

A Gale of Wind

c.1794

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1321 x 1829 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by L. Lesser 1911
Reference
N02765

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Hoppner originally intended to become a landscape painter. However, this seascape, shown at Royal Academy in 1795, is the only work other than portraits he is known to have exhibited.

Attention is focused on the large figures in the foreground as they battle against the raging wind and the overwhelming forces of nature. The scene is set just off St Catherine’s Point on the Isle of Wight, known for its treacherous waters.

Gallery label, September 2004

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