The majority of Turner’s copy-drawings are of generalised Picturesque compositions, occasionally incorporating identifiable topographical elements. This sheet is different in so far as it shows a clearly identifiable place, although it is executed in the broad, unspecific manner of the other copy-drawings.
The Bequest includes remarkably few London views, given that Turner lived there, in one location or another, all his life. This drawing derives special interest from the fact that it includes, at the extreme left, the row of houses in which Turner himself was to live much later in his life. Battersea Church, on the right, is visible from the windows of his house and he is supposed to have painted sunset skies from the gazebo or bay-window built into the west end of the church.
The verso is D41458.