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Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is probably a study for one of Turner’s Biblical Egyptian ‘Plague’ subjects, or the lost 1801 painting of The Army of the Medes Destroyed in the Desert by a Whirlwind;1 there is an identified drawing for that picture on folio 84 recto (D05067; Turner Bequest LXXXI 165).
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.13–15 no.15.
There is offsetting from folio 81 verso opposite (D05062; Turner Bequest LXXXI 160).
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