The silhouetted man at the centre (a sort of surrogate for the artist himself) stands on a beach and confronts rolling waves. There is perhaps a pier or breakwater on the left, and the marks towards the right may indicate a small boat or boats and figures in the surf. See the Introduction for other examples of such scenes.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘52 | O’ bottom right (partly obscured); inscribed in pencil ‘D.24942’ bottom left. There is a border of white paper or tape, with more paper adhering, indicating that the sheet was formerly mounted.