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This study shows fishermen in characteristic sou’wester hats on a small quay or pier, looking out to sea with telescopes in the direction of a boat under full sail; there is gear including what may be a wicker lobster pot and floats in the foreground. The lively colour and handling, praised by John Ruskin for its ‘exquisite purity and tenderness of hue’, is comparable with that in Tate D24592 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 27), a contrasting scene of fishermen resting around a beached boat.
See the Introduction for other examples. The dating of c.1835–40 assigned to this sheet for recent exhibitions has been retained, although others may be from as early as 1826.
The centre of the skeet is somewhat faded from prolonged display in the nineteenth century.
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