Joseph Mallord William Turner Entrance of the Meuse: Orange-Merchant on the Bar, Going to Pieces; Brill Church bearing S. E. by S., Masensluys E. by S. exhibited 1819

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Title
Entrance of the Meuse: Orange-Merchant on the Bar, Going to Pieces; Brill Church bearing S. E. by S., Masensluys E. by S.
Date Exhibited 1819
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1753 x 2464 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00501
On display at Tate Britain

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Fishermen scavenge for oranges lost by the Dutch merchant vessel grounded on a sandbank in the Meuse estuary. Turner's title locates this dangerous spot precisely, while Brill church is visible on the distant shore. The picture is a punning play on the contemporary political and economic condition of the Dutch royal house of Orange, which had recently made losses on its British investments placed during the Napoleonic Wars.

July 2001

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