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Past Exhibition

Sun-Rise: Whiting Fishing at Margate

watercolor of men fishing off small boats, with ship and sun rising in background

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851)
Sun-Rise: Whiting Fishing at Margate, 1822
For Marine Views
Watercolor on paper
16 3/4 x 25 1/2 in. (42.6 x 64.8 cm)
Private collection

As a child, Turner spent time in Margate, a fishing village and resort in Kent that he returned to throughout his life. He created numerous works of the picturesque town, of which this is the largest watercolor. Turner places the sun directly in front of the viewer and fills the scene with its radiant glow. A few passing ships with animated figures on board ripple the calm water.