This is a study for one of
the in the Liber Studiorum (Book
of Studies). This was an ambitious publication which Turner hoped would demonstrate the range, and improve
the status, of art.
The prints were divided into six different categories of landscape: pastoral,
epic pastoral, historical, mountainous,
marine and architectural. This is a marine landscape, derived from an oil called Ships Bearing up for Anchorage, which Turner exhibited in 1802.
Gallery label, September 2004