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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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.
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