This belongs to a small group of studies on buff which probably relate to 'Fishermen at Sea'. Technically, Turner's early moonlights and interiors on paper demonstrate that he was one of a few artists who had begun to experiment in making emulate the effects of oil , then thought to be the only true for the serious painter. In a conscious move away from the conventions of eighteenth century tinted drawing practice, Turner and others began to make works on paper which, through the use of coloured papers, , scratching out and other techniques, often echoed the oil painter's method of working from dark colours to light ones.
Gallery label, September 2004
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