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Reflections on Wet Sand

My inlaws take an evening constitutional on the beach near their home in Nambucca Heads. With Turner’s painting ‘Reflections on Wet Sand’ in mind I went along hoping to capture the sunset and figures reflected on the beach.  I didn’t manage a masterpiece, … Continue reading

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Etudes sur les Glaciers, by Louis Agassiz (1807-1873)

                                   These strange landscapes remind me of the fantasy drawings of alien planets in my cousin’s ‘Boys Own Annuals’ from the 1960s. The glacier depicted in these … Continue reading

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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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Whitehaven from Parton, Cumbria, by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1755-1851)

Turner used a technique called ‘scratching out’ to achieve the realistic white spray and foam of the waves. He grew his thumbnail especially for this purpose.

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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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