Unfortunately, this sheet was badly damaged by being exposed to the light over a long period during the late nineteenth century. However, it is still possible to appreciate the scene of marine peril that Turner has conjured up. The flash of lightning on the left draws attention to the plight of two boats, while the distant glow of more tranquil moonlight serves only to heighten the present dangers of those in the storm.
Gallery label, September 1995
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