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Shoeburyness Fishermen Hailing a Whitstable Hoy, before 1809

J.M.W. Turner
British, 1775 - 1851
oil on canvas
91.7 x 122.2 cm
Purchased 1939
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4423)

Taking inspiration from the seventeenth-century Dutch marine painters and also working on site, Turner depicts the changeable weather conditions at sea. Among the assortment of vessels shown is a hoy (middleground, right), a small sea-going boat used to ferry passengers and cargo. This work is from a group of marine paintings set in the Thames estuary and made between 1808 and 1810.

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