This was shown at the Royal Academy in 1796, along with Turner's first exhibited oil, 'Fishermen at Sea' (represented in this display by a on the facing wall), which also features a dramatic scheme of light within a dark space. Here Turner's interest in rustic domesticity has been developed through the influence of the tonalities and parallel subject matter of seventeenth century Dutch . This is perhaps directly acknowledged by the inclusion of a piece of blue and white Delft style pottery in the left foreground.
Gallery label, September 2004
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