Aldborough, Suffolk

watercolor of harbor scene with men fixing mast in water from small boat in foregrround

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851)
Aldborough, Suffolk, ca. 1826
For Picturesque Views of England and Wales
Watercolor and gouache on paper
11 x 15 3/4 in. (28 x 40 cm)
Tate; Bequeathed by Beresford Rimington Heaton 1940
© Tate, London 2016

Turner captures the reflection of the sunlight on the still water with exquisite delicacy in this peaceful scene of a Suffolk town now typically known as Aldeburgh. Boats pass by while a group of men repairs a broken mast. In the background, a Martello tower — one of the many forts built along England’s coast during the Napoleonic Wars — is a reminder of the recent conflict.

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