Bonhams to Sell J.M.W. Turner Masterpiece Depicting Whitstable Oyster Beds

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LONDON.- One of the highlights of Bonhams next 19th Century Paintings sale will be a remarkable watercolour of the Oyster Beds at Whitstable, Kent by the master of colour, light and atmosphere, J.M.W. Turner. It is estimated to sell for £120,000-180,000 when it is offered for auction on 13th July 2011, at Bonhams New Bond Street. Turner lived in Margate for 20 years, just along the coast from Whitstable, and was fascinated by the pure, bright light of the region and particularly the sunsets. The landscape, skies and light of Kent inspired many of his works, its “dawn clouds to the east and glorious sunsets to the west…the loveliest skies in Europe.” This watercolour was one of 40 that Turner created for W.B. Cooke’s folio of engravings, Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England. It was painted in 1824, and engraved by H. Horsburgh and appeared as plate 1 in the catalogue which was published in 182