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The sunset which emblazons the sky in this study relates to a watercolour of Flint Castle, on the north coast of Wales (private collection, Japan), which Turner may have intended to have had engraved for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales. As in many of his later pictures, the rays of the sun draw the viewer's eye outwards to the edge of the image, mirroring the effect of peripheral vision.

August 2004