National Gallery of Australia (Canberra, Australia): Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
- John Brett 1831–1902
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1060 x 2127 mm
frame: 1390 x 2458 x 121 mm
- Presented by Mrs Brett 1902
This view is probably from the cliffs above Lulworth Cove in Dorset, although there are no identifiable features. It is based on detailed notes on colour and meteorology that John Brett made as he sailed round the south-west coast in the summer of 1870. The focus of the painting is the effect of sunlight on the sea, which Brett had studied closely and aimed to reproduce accurately. But when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy some observers thought the azure colouring was inappropriate, confined by their own preconceptions of nature.
Gallery label, May 2011
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