Turner was one of the first artists to paint the same motif at different times of the day in order to observe the changing effects of light. This group of repeats the same pictorial formula at sunrise, sunset, twilight and moonlight.
A natural structure is imposed by the simple unbroken line of the horizon separating the into a lower and upper . Turner reinforces the emphasis on the horizontal by applying the watercolour in bold bands of contrasting colour.
Gallery label, July 2008