Joseph Mallord William Turner Dover c.1825

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Date c.1825
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 161 x 245 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCVIII U
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Another design for the survey of English ports planned by Turner and Thomas Lupton. Dover Castle dominates the composition. Turner has added drama by the stormy sky, and by the exaggeration of the cliffs on the left, which Ruskin complained diminished the town itself. The wreck on the shore, the brig on the right, a lobster-fishing boat and a new paddle-steamer evoke the activities of the port, both traditional and modern.

August 2004

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