The Slave Ship
Slavers Overthrowing the Dead and Dying - Typhon coming on (“The Slave Ship”)
Turner, John Mallord William (1775-1851)
Romantic Landscape Painter
1840; Oil on canvas, 90.8 x 122.6 cm; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
"Aloft all hands, strike the top-masts and belay;
Yon angry setting sun and fierce-edged clouds
Declare the Typhon's coming.
Before it sweeps your decks, throw overboard
The dead and dying - ne'er heed their chains
Hope, Hope, fallacious Hope!
Where is thy market now?"
JMW Turner displayed this poem with his Slave Ship in 1812
Poem by Robert Bloomfield
The Slave Ship painting by British Artist Turner is said to have been inspired by the practice of the late eighteenth century …show more content…
‘Though almost all of his critics believed that the painting represented an all time low in Turner's reckless disregard for the rules of art, it was in fact his greatest triumph in the sculptural carving of space’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/powerofart/turner.shtml
In conclusion I think that Turners Slave Ship is hugely successful and achieves a great deal. It reaches out to the viewer and calls on them to reflect on the subject matter in all its raw and base unpleasantness. It is a moving work of art which was ground breaking for its time, controversial in both its content and in the way it broke the rules of the Romantic era. The composition of the painting is both interesting