Fish-Market, Hastings (Early Morning)

watercolor depicting crowd at a fish market on shore, with ships and city in background

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851)
Fish-Market, Hastings (Early Morning), 1824
For Marine Views
Watercolor on paper
17 1/2 x 26 in. (44.5 x 66 cm)
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

The faint image of the castle on the cliffs and the area’s characteristic fishing sheds on the far right identify this town as Hastings. Gathered on the shore — a few miles from the famous landing site of William the Conqueror — is a group of fishermen, local residents, and tourists, some in traditional costume. In front of them is a bountiful display of fish, an example of the beautiful still lifes that give local flavor to Turner’s scenes.

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