J. M. W. Turner - Shipping by a Breakwater 1798

Shipping by a Breakwater 1798
Shipping by a Breakwater
1798 30x19cm oil/mahogany
Tate Britain Gallery

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From Tate Britain:
Turner was interested in marine subjects from an early age. He first made drawings of sea-going ships while visiting relatives at Margate at the age of about ten. Years later, when shown a print after the seventeenth-century Dutch marine artist Willem van de Velde, he is said to have declared, 'That made me a painter'.