Clarkson Stanfield was one of the most admired marine painters of his time, along with Turner and Augusts Callcott. Unlike them, he had actual experience as a sailor. This closely observed scene off the Dutch coast was painted after a visit to Holland in the summer of 1843.One reviewer described its ‘astonishing movement and clearness of the water, which is painted with a triumphant challenge to the closest comparison with nature, even to the beading on the crests of the waves’.
Gallery label, May 2007
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