This engraving was made around
1860, after Turner's death, but it remained unpublished. It is one of a number of single plates not belonging to a series that were made by engravers who had worked closely with Turner during his lifetime.
The Farne Islands are off the coast
off Northumberland, just south of Holy Island or 'Lindisfarne'. Turner would
have seen the islands whilst visiting Bamburgh Castle. This engraving
captures the remoteness of one of
the islands, its bleakness emphasised
by the wrecked or floundering ship
at the mercy of the elements.