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24 June 2015

See Turner's view of Calais Pier

The small packet boat pictured arriving at Calais in J.M.W.Turner's Calais Pier is based on sketches made on the artist's first ever trip abroad, as he observed a small boat in similar difficulty approaching the port of Calais in 1802.

The painting was originally painted in oil on Canvas for the Royal Academy in 1803, and now hangs in Room 34 at the National Gallery, having been received as part of a bequest in 1856.

For more, see http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/joseph-mallord-william-turner-calais-pier

^Picture from Wikimedia Commons^

1 comment:

  1. Although we cannot always tell proportions from a painting, especially in wild weather, that boat full of passengers looks very small. I would be very afraid of everyone drowning, despite being close to Calais' pier.