The sunset which emblazons the sky in this study relates to a of Flint Castle, on the north coast of Wales (private collection, Japan), which Turner may have intended to have had for the Views in England and Wales. As in many of his later pictures, the rays of the sun draw the viewer's eye outwards to the edge of the image, mirroring the effect of peripheral vision.
Gallery label, August 2004
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