Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, USA): Turner Watercolours
An example of Ruskin's occasionally idiosyncratic (and provocative) judgement can be found in his comments on this watercolour, which he thought was 'Out and out the worst sketch in the whole series; disgracefully careless and clumsy, but too beautiful in subject to be left out. Interesting also in its noticing of the long cypress-like lines of reflection, cast down so unaccountably from the crags. I am nearly certain Turner made the sketch on account of the curious echo which these reflections give to the cypresses'.
Gallery label, August 2004
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