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The sketch at the uppermost register depicts Alf with the Burg Arras in the distance. It is similar to the previous two sketches of Alf (Tate D28372, D28373; Turner Bequest CCXC 11 a, 12) which formed the basis of a gouache, watercolour and pen and ink drawing of c.1839 (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford).1 Turner has annotated the drawing with ‘Alf’ and ‘Arras’. Below are sketches of Kloster Stuben, the monastery at Stuben, and Eller, a town upstream from Nehren and Senheim. These have also been inscribed by Turner: ‘Stuben’, ‘Eller’ and an indecipherable note which transcribes as ‘[?Capel Pohe... Brut...]’.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.421 no.1023.