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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.

September 2004