J. M. W. Turner - View off Margate, Evening 1840

View off Margate, Evening 1840
View off Margate, Evening
1840 32x48cm oil/canvas
The Clark Art Institute Williamstown

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From The Clark Art Institute Williamstown:
Vigorous brushwork and loosely defined forms are characteristic of Turner’s late work. In this enigmatic painting, a woman and two children, shrouded in mist and sea spray, seem to be gazing at a passing sailboat or at the ghostly hulk of a distant ship. Turner’s companion, Sophia Booth, originally owned the painting and it is probably a view of Margate, the coastal town near London where she lived.