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- 'Mrs Sargent', George Romney
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- 'Mrs Heywood', Sir Joshua Reynolds
- 'Views on the Clyde', Patrick Nasmyth
- 'Rosenau', Joseph Mallord William Turner
- 'Mrs Elliot', John Opie
- 'Landscape', James Stark
- 'A Dog of Two Minds', William Mulready
- 'Taking the Deer: the Duke of Atholl with foresters', Edwin Landseer
- 'Coast Scene', Alfred Vickers
- 'Saints Day at Venice', James Baker Pyne
- 'Calais Pier', David Cox
- 'Girl Sketching', Sir Henry Raeburn
- 'The Wreck Buoy', Joseph Mallord William Turner
- 'Mrs Beauclerk', Thomas Lawrence
'The Wreck Buoy', Joseph Mallord William Turner
The art critic John Ruskin, a great admirer of Turner, described this as:
"...the last oil he painted before his noble hand forgot its cunning."
It is a re-working of an earlier picture and a summation of Turner’s concern with the sea. The artist’s pessimistic view of human endeavour and the fallacy of hope is symbolised by the rainbow and the wreck buoy beneath it.
Please note: this painting is not currently on display at Sudley House.
'The Wreck Buoy' featured in 'Mr. Turner' film
Can you spot 'The Wreck Buoy' in this behind the scenes trailer for Mike Leigh's 2014 film, 'Mr. Turner'?
Medium:Oil on canvas
Date: Painted about 1807, reworked 1849
Accession No:WAG 310