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Turner occasionally showed an interest in rustic narrative subjects, in the manner of the fashionable pictures of his colleague David Wilkie. These paintings show Turner's response to British life as well as landscape. This example is probably not entirely finished and was not exhibited, so it is difficult to date. Turner's interest in Wilkie's style was strongest around 1807-10, but the way the paint is applied is characteristic of Turner's work at a later date.

August 2004