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This is one of a sequence of twenty-five recto pages of watercolour landscape, sea and sky compositions between folio 9 recto (D18609) and folio 34 recto (D18638), many of which evoke quiet Thames Valley settings with water in the foreground; for a checklist and general comments, see the sketchbook’s Introduction. Eric Shanes has observed, in relation to the whole sequence and the present page in particular, how ‘Turner took advantage of the slight resistance of the paper to certain pigments. Such a speckling of the colours can be seen to great advantage [here], for it lends enormous sparkle to the scene depicted.’1
Shanes 1997, p.65.