This is an exercise in a generalised
and idealised kind of , rather than a representation of a particular
place. This sort of rugged coastal scene had been a specialism of Phillip James
de Loutherbourg, a successful landscape painter of the older generation. A work by him can be seen in room C3.
Although this is an invented, rather than actual, location Turner uses the same components – jagged rocks, crashing waves, wind-tossed boat – in of particular places in Britain.
Gallery label, September 2004