frame: 1069 x 1380 x 95 mm
It is not difficult to see this canvas as the raw beginnings of the kind of marine subject Turner had painted from the 1830s onwards, in emulation of seventeenth-century Dutch painters.
In one famous anecdote, Turner added a bright red buoy to the foreground of a seapiece he was finishing at the Royal Academy. This was apparently a deliberate attempt to upstage the brilliance of a painting by Constable hanging nearby. Here, however, the buoy already forms part of Turner's conception of his image, implying that the scene was intended to evoke the hazards of shipping.