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. Advertisements
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.
Local wreckers approach from the hills to salvage goods from a stricken ship in turbulent seas. The original watercolour by Turner can be viewed via this link to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
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.
Fielding’s love of stormy skies and turbulent waters helps capture the hardship of life at sea.