After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Lancaster Sands 1828

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Lancaster Sands
Date 1828
Medium Etching on paper
Dimensions Image: 164 x 236 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
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This print shows the expansive sands
and distant Lakeland mountains that
form part of Morecambe Bay. This spot was known for its unexpected tides,
quick sands and fogs which could easily overcome the unwary. Here, travellers
are being hurriedly guided across the treacherous sands before nightfall. In
the distance a struggling coach has already been caught by the rising tide. Turner crossed Lancaster Sands himself
in 1816 on his tour of Richmondshire
and would have noted the twigs of
laurel that stick out of the sand to
mark the crossing route.

August 2004

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