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One of a group of cursory marine sketches datable to the late 1820s, and perhaps painted while at East Cowes, or in the studio, from recollections of Turner's stay there. Although unlikely to have been painted outdoors, from nature, this canvas is included to show how Turner used his rolls of canvas, and how the Cowes sketches would have looked before they were separated. The canvas bears three sketches of sea and sky, one of which was painted upside down so that one sky serves for two subjects if the canvas is turned. It is exhibited with two seascapes the right way up.

August 2004