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This is another canvas on which Turner has painted only the simple foundations of an image. The warm tones of the churned up foreground suggest that he intended it to be a marine subject. Had he decided to exhibit the painting, he would probably have introduced wind-battered vessels and perhaps elements of landscape. Without them, we have only the brushwork and nuances of colour to help us make  sense of Turner’s dematerialised scene.

For conservation reasons this picture cannot be displayed without a frame.

September 2004