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The design in this watercolour foreshadows Turner’s painting of the Fighting Téméraire (seen in the print to the right). The later painting was a nostalgic reflection upon Britain’s passing glories. This scene, of a streamtug on the lower Seine in France, is more straightforward in its presentation of the usefulness and even excitement of the new technology.
Gallery label, September 2004