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The Sailor’s Return, by Samuel Palmer (1805-1881)

‘Red sky at night, sailor’s delight’.  According to this old saying, the richly coloured sky in Palmer’s painting promises fair weather for these sailors and their families. Does anyone know the origin of the ‘red sky’ saying? Advertisements

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Tynemouth Pier: North-East Wind, by Alfred William Hunt (1830-1896)

Tynemouth Pier was constructed in 1866 to reduce the number of shipwrecks on the notorious Black Middens rocks. Hunt was greatly influenced by Turner is his treatment of water and weather. These writhing, icy waves are reminiscent of those in many of … Continue reading

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Orfordness, by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)

Storm waves like those depicted are responsible for the flint deposited along the coastline of Orford Ness, forming the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe.

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Sidmouth, by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)

Sidmouth is no stranger to violent sea storms. This watercolour was painted not long after the ‘Great Gale’ of 1824 described by an eye witness: “Twern’t a sea – not a bit of it – twer the great sea hisself rose … Continue reading

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Calais Pier – English Packet Arriving, by Thomas Lupton (after JMW Turner)

Passengers arriving in Calais in rough seas must have been grateful to set foot on solid ground again. The original painting by Turner can be viewed via this link to the National Gallery.

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Upnor Castle, by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)

  Turner’s glowing reflection of the sunset extending onto the wet sand was praised as ‘perfect truth’ in John Ruskin’s ‘Modern Painters’.

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French Luggers by William Roxby Beverley (1811-1889)

From our viewing point in the water we really get a sense of the slow progress of these little luggers struggling in strong seas.

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