Old Dover Harbour by Joseph Mallord William Turner A5 postcard

21 x 14.8 cm

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A5 (21 x 14.8 cm) single postcard featuring Old Dover Harbour by Joseph Mallord William Turner, part of the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.

Light positively shimmers on these boats moored close to a floating platform. Turner's choice of a vertical rather than landscape format enhances the elegant proportions of the boats, masts and rigging.

His delicate description of the rigging complements the broader bands of light and shadow on the raised and furled sails. are offset against the distant view of the harbour town with Dover castle seen on the hill beyond.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851), known as J. M. W. Turner, was an English Romantic painter, printmaker, and watercolourist, known for his brilliant, expressive colourisation, imaginative landscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings.