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In the absence of any identifying features it is difficult to decipher the exact location Turner represents in this drawing, however Turner scholar Eric Shanes has proposed that it may be either a study for Ramsgate in the Ports of England series (Tate D18150; Turner Bequest CCVIII Q) or a sea and sky study.1
The sea is rendered with shades of blue, grey, and pale green wash heightened with a trace of dilute red at the bottom. These colours have been applied onto saturated paper, allowing them to merge and diffuse into gentle gradients. A band of dark blue sharply defines the horizon. The sky is more vigorously handled, with gestural hatching of grey and blue wash to suggest cloud formations.
Stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLXIII–282’ at top right; inscribed in pencil ‘D25405’ (inverted) at top left and ‘68’ at centre.