The British Channel Seen from the Dorsetshire Cliffs


Tate: Presented by Mrs Brett 1902

Object Light exhibition highlights On display

This painting is based on detailed notes, sketches and studies Brett made while sailing around England’s south-west coast in the summer of 1870. The painting’s subject is the effect of light on the open channel; the richly coloured blue water reflects the soft rays emanating from the unseen sun. Brett took great care in his study of the sky and sea in order to reproduce the interplay of light on water as faithfully as possible.

See more of John Brett’s work and learn more about his life in this article.

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13 November 2022

ACMI: Gallery 4



John Brett

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Light Impressions


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Light → Light Impressions


1060 x 2127 mm

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Oil paint on canvas

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