The various elements here do not seem to cohere very readily. A sturdy but apparently small boat with at least two occupants, perhaps fishermen, is seemingly depicted on a larger scale than the man, woman and child standing on the beach to the left. The pale forms of figures on a pier or quay beyond seem an afterthought, as though Turner were experimenting with an idea for a composition.
The family group appears well dressed, and they are perhaps tourists embarking or disembarking; for other examples of both fishermen and travellers, see the Introduction.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘D.24944’ bottom left. There is a border of white paper or tape, indicating that the sheet was formerly mounted.