Joseph Mallord William TurnerWaves Breaking against the Wind c.1840

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Title
Waves Breaking against the Wind
Date c.1840
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 604 x 950 mm frame: 885 x 1188 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N02881
Not on display

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In the 1830s and 1840s Turner made dozens of watercolours and oils based on close observation of the sea from the shore. Some of these were worked up into exhibited pictures, while others were used as studies for paintings, or left in an unfinished state.

The shadowy grey shape emerging through the mist may be the harbour wall and lighthouse at Margate, which is the subject of a related canvas, Waves Breaking on a Lee Shore (displayed nearby).

February 2010

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