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The boat here appears to be a jolly-boat taking a naval officer out to his ship, perhaps the man-of-war visible in the distance in the drawing on the last page of the companion On a Lee Shore (1) sketchbook (Tate D03984; Turner Bequest LXVII 8). The use of a heavy brown ink wash here announces a change of mood from the rapid notation of Lee Shore (1).
The page is faded and discoloured from prolonged exposure.
Blank; inscribed by the Executors of the Turner Bequest, Henry Scott Trimmer, Charles Turner, Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight in ink ‘No 170 | H S Trimmer C Turner’ and in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and ‘JPK’ top left; and by Ruskin in red ink ‘1169’ bottom left.