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There seems to be a substantial building on the left, with a smaller one by what appears to be the arch of a low bridge at the centre. Compare several other rapidly executed, muted ‘colour beginnings’ with dark, isolated trees (Tate D25168, D25175, D25208, D25275; Turner Bequest CCLXIII, 46, 53, 86, 153).
D25168 and D25208 are also on 1828 paper,1 while the composition of the former has been linked to the oil painting The Loretto Necklace, painted soon after Turner’s return from his second Italian tour of 1828–9 (Tate N00509).2 He had also been working on watercolours of Italian subjects shortly before the trip.3
Blank; laid down.