After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Whitstable, Kent 1826

Artwork details

Date 1826
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 166 x 249 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
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Topographically the first print in the Southern Coast series, Whitstable is
a somewhat bleak panorama with which to begin a picturesque tour. In the nineteenth century, Whitstable was notorious as a traditional base for smugglers although Turner has chosen to highlight the
town's other famous and more reputable profession, that of oyster catching. Dredgers are visible across the wide expanse of
mud-flats and a horse-drawn cart brings
the catch in towards the viewer. The gloominess of the landscape is heightened by a storm passing over in the distance.

September 2004

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