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With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner filled this page with small sketches of distant coastal land-masses. The bottom half of the page depicts the profiles of overlapping cliffs and headlands of a type that abounds in the Channel Islands and the Normandy coast. The island at the top left-hand corner of the page is identified by Turner’s note as Alderney, which lies within sight of Guernsey’s east coast. The two sketches immediately below depict a fortification with towers overlooking an expanse of water.