Turner's route to Rome in 1828 took him via the Mediterranean coast of France during the humid days of August and September. He wrote, 'I must see the South of France, which almost knocked me up, and the heat was so intense particularly at Nismes and Avignon; and until I got a plunge into the sea at Marseilles, I felt so weak that nothing but the change of scene kept me onwards to my distant point'. Many of the colour sketches resulting from his waterborne journey along the coast are striking for their vivid and often unusual use of colour.
Gallery label, January 1991
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