by W.B. Cooke for Views in Hastings and its Vicinity (unpublished)
Turner’s watercolour is believed to date from 1823 and it shows the castle from the north-west. The grand setting plays host to the charming rural scene in the foreground. While cattle pensively look on, four shepherds are busy dipping their sheep within a makeshift enclosure in the lake. Turner has brilliantly captured the various attitudes of both men and livestock. On the left, for example, a man stands knee-deep in the shallows thoroughly washing a ewe, while, to his left, his colleague, who wears a white shirt and blue apron, attempts to encourage another into the water. His sheep, which is clearly reluctant, has however, dug its heals in.
For further information on the history of this watercolour please see lot 193.
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