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Eric Shanes has suggested this as one of several ‘colour beginnings’ which are ‘possible or certain sketches and studies’1 for the watercolour Lake Albano of about 1828 (private collection),2 engraved for The Keepsake in 1829 (Tate impressions: T04614, T04615). Among his suggestions, Tate D25447 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 324) does appear to relate directly to the finished design, and is catalogued accordingly. Any resemblance the present work bears to the Albano composition appears fortuitous and generic. An indication here of what seems to be a prominent waterside building towards the right is the most prominent difference.
See Shanes 1997, p.40; see also p.102.
Blank; there is brown staining at the bottom left and the watercolour used for the dark trees shows through strongly. Inscribed in pencil ‘CCLXIII | 180’ bottom right; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram over ‘CCLXIII – 180’ towards bottom left.