NARRATOR: Turner had a lifelong fascination with the sea. He painted this picture, believed to be unfinished, late in life, around 1835-40. Curator Amy Concannon. AMY CONCANNON: It was a time when he found himself more and more unable to travel abroad, through his being much older in age and suffering some effects of ill health. But he more often went to the Kent coast, and particularly to Margate, where he had met many years earlier, a proprietor of a boarding house, Mrs Booth. Mrs Booth’s boarding house was in a very, very good position for an artist who was fascinated with the workings of the sea, the fishermen, the tidal system but also the weather. And it’s likely, we know from sketchbooks that we have here that Turner went out onto the beach at Margate and sketched very quickly, both in pencil and in paint, in watercolour. And ‘Breakers on a Flat Beach’ is just one of a number of paintings which show this sort of almost incidental observation of nature doing her thing really, of the clouds coming down, the tides going in and out, but of that whole kind of interaction of the elements and the atmosphere out at sea. But it’s this kind of image that has no ostensible subject that has become the kind of Turner of late life that people of this country know and love.