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Turner has used both words and sketches
in his pencil instructions to George Cooke in the lower right hand corner. His handwriting is extremely difficult to decipher but he
asks for a complete distinction between
the patterning of the grass and the mesh
of a fisherman's corked net.

 

Watchet is a small seaport town in Somerset. Turner may have had a particular interest in this view. The Wyndham family had been lords of the manor for the
parish for centuries. A descendant of the Wyndhams, the third Earl of Egremont, was one of Turner's most important patrons.

 

September 2004