There is a liveliness and spontaneity in Hunt’s early seascapes, such as these, which he gradually lost in his later years when he concentrated on fruit and bird’s nests. These small scenes were probably painted between 1820–1830.
The watercolour in these works has been applied loosely, with new washes added before the ones underneath had dried. A drier wash has been used to define the figure of the man. One work also appears to have been trimmed at some point, as part of the signature is missing.
Gallery label, August 2004
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