These five of the port of Le Treport and the nearby town of Eu in Normandy record Turner's last journey to the Continent in 1845. During this visit Turner was invited to dine at the chateau of Eu by the French king, Louis-Philippe, whom he had known many years earlier. Ruskin's descriptions of these works concentrate on the technical achievement by which they were brought about. For example, he notes that the cliff in no.1 'is a masterpiece of ; it is not possible with the given number of touches to indicate more faithfully the of a precipice, or the way it breaks into the turf at its brow.'
Gallery label, September 2004