Finberg’s poetic, somewhat biblical, title1 has been retained for this scene of an empty sea in the afterglow of sunset, with a reserved new moon on the left casting a speckled reflection on the waves below. Among the canonical ‘Little Liber’ watercolours, compare particularly St Michael’s Mount (Tate D25434; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 311).
It is unclear whether the pale irregular form over the horizon on the left represents a bank of mist or the beginnings of a headland. Eric Shanes has tentatively suggested the Bay of Naples as a potential setting.2
The verso, a moonlight subject, is D40138.