‘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
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
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.
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
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.
Turner’s glowing reflection of the sunset extending onto the wet sand was praised as ‘perfect truth’ in John Ruskin’s ‘Modern Painters’.
From our viewing point in the water we really get a sense of the slow progress of these little luggers struggling in strong seas.