JM W Turner was born #onthisday in 1775. Atmospheric seascapes were one of Turner’s most prolific subjects. Here the raging sea claims a shipwreck while passengers escape on lifeboats towards the danger of another jagged rock. When this piece was exhibited in 1823, Turner was praised for ‘the chaotic & destructive character’ of the work. There’s no evidence that this scene was based on an actual shipwreck, and Turner often created imaginary compositions for artistic effect.