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This is a view of the Kent coast at Margate, where Turner often stayed in his later years. Turner had, since the 1820s, been exploring the possibilities of suggesting a wider expanse of landscape through the inclusion of both setting sun and rising moon.

This delicately coloured seascape was partly painted while already in its frame. Turner worked on the picture rapidly, perhaps developing a sketch. Contemporary critics made fun of Turner’s subtitle, but the little episode shows his understanding and fondness of children.

September 2004