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This painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1847. Although the catalogue for that year gives the title ‘Pilot Boats off Dover’ there has, more recently, been debate about whether the painting shows Dover or Scarborough. The features on the headland do, indeed, resemble Scarborough, but the artist may have distorted a Dover scene to include the castle and church. The two coastlines have frequently been mistaken for one another in paintings.
oil on canvas
H 63.2 x W 90.8 cm
BATVG : P : 1934.6
bequeathed by E. Newton Fuller, 1934