Calais Pier, with French Poissards preparing for Sea: an English Packet arriving

Oil on canvas | 172 x 240cm | 1803

Joseph Mallord William Turner

A cross-channel ferry (a packet), fully laden with passengers and flying a British flag, is approaching the port of Calais. Around it, small French fishing boats ('poissards') head out to sea. The water is rough and dark storm clouds gather, although...
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