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Made with the page turned horizontally, this slight sketch may be connected with three drawings loosely related to Turner’s work on a large canvas, The Deluge, probably shown at his own gallery in 1805, and at the Royal Academy in 1813 (Tate N00493);1 see D02198, D02199 and D02210 (Turner Bequest XLVII 21, 22, 33).
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.43–4 no.55, pl.65 (colour).
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 33, see the Introduction.