<p style='text-align: justify;'>This vibrant drawing is one of a group of studies of clouds and water which could have been made during Turner’s time in Margate during the 1840s. Turner visited Margate regularly during this time and claimed that it was here he saw some of the most perfect skies in Europe. These studies do not appear to be preparatory to other works, instead they show how the artist, in his later years, used watercolour sparingly to record the effects of sunset. The scene is animated by the presence of ghostly figures shimmering against the brilliance of the wet beach.</p>
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