- War. The Exile and the Rock Limpet, 1842
- Joseph Mallord William Turner
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- Oil paint on canvas 79.4 x 79.4 cm
This work with dramatic red palette recalling blood and battle depicts Napoleon in exile on the island of St Helena. It was very topical for its time - it was painted the year Napoleon’s ashes were returned to France. In verses attached the painting, Turner refers to the sunset as a ‘sea of blood’. This painting confer no particular judgement on Napoleon but rather highlights the futility and bloodiness of war.
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