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Shoeburyness Fishermen Hailing a Whitstable Hoy, before 1809
J.M.W. Turner British, 1775
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.