Brett sailed along the coast of Britain to make detailed notes on light, colour and weather. This view was painted near Tenby in Pembrokeshire. The title proclaims the idea that the world’s oceans are Britain’s colonial possessions, used to validate the expansion of its Empire during the height of British naval reach. However, it also reflects fear arising from discussions about breaching the Channel that divided Britain from mainland Europe with a tunnel (not realised until 1994)
Gallery label, March 2022
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