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Finberg noted this sketch as the basis for the watercolour Boscastle, Cornwall of about 1824 (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford),1 engraved in 1825 for the Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England2 (see the concordance of the series in the 1811 tour introduction). He analysed the similarities and also the differences between the slight sketch and the finished design, ‘recreated from the stores of the artist’s knowledge’.3
The viewpoint is the north bank of the River Valency, which enters the sea at Penally Point beyond the headland on the right known as Profile Rock. Boscastle’s short stone pier is on the opposite side to the lower left; the building beyond does not survive. Unusually, Turner has made two attempts at the outline of the headland and tower in the distance on the left, adopting the lower version for the blustery watercolour, where figures are added above the pier controlling an incoming sailing boat among choppy waves by the use of long ropes.4
The leaf appears to have been taken out of the book and reattached to a new stub, although there is no record of early exhibition or display.