Le Havre: Sunset

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watercolor strengthened with pen and red ink on white paper
7 x 10 1/4 in. (sheet)
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Gift in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Hugo O. Pantzer by their children
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Not Currently On View

Turner's sketching tour of France in 1826 was largely devoted to a thorough exploration of the Loire River, but it began with an excursion along the English Channel from Normandy to Brittany. In early September he was in the port city of Le Havre and made a pencil sketch from the foot of the old harbor looking to the tower of François I that guarded its entrance, which led to this watercolor.

The harbor's quai is more crowded with people than is usual for a Turner watercolor. Among the throngs embarking onto and disembarking from fishing boats and ferries is a curious figure at the right who seems to carry a golf bag. He is a coffee vendor bearing his portable urn and cups.

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