Turner was a creative painter, constantly striving for new effects and different
ways of doing things. He liked to experiment with various types of and coloured grounds. This seascape
has been executed on a white paper prepared with a grey-brown wash.
This has proved particularly effective
for showing a cloudy sky threatening
rain and a churning, cold English sea.
Unfortunately this has faded, and the background now appears more pinky-brown. The breakers have been picked out in white (opaque watercolour) highlights.
Gallery label, September 2004