During the 1840s Turner produced many vividly-coloured studies of beaches and skies in loose, flowing washes. Most were apparently made for the artist’s own contemplation and satisfaction rather than as studies for pictures.
Turner made a number of views of the Norfolk port of Yarmouth in 1840. This one is primarily a description of the
colours and effects of sunset, rather than a topographical record. It is worth noting however, that this work is not complete, although it is certainly more finished than other studies from this period, which suggests that Turner may have intended it for sale.
Gallery label, August 2004