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The figure wearing a turban in the foreground boat is presumed to be the Dutch seascape painter Jan van Goyen, who was known to have sought suitable subjects for his paintings from an open boat off Antwerp. Turner’s inscription of the letters VAN G on the stern of the boat further suggests the figure’s identity as van Goyen. Both Turner and van Goyen visited Antwerp and spent time sketching impressions of the city. Here the choppy waters of the Scheldt River are streaked with white foam, and the viewer can discern the port city buildings and the towers of Antwerp Cathedral across the river.
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