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This is the second of two drawings that Turner made in Boston; the other, a study of the Church of St Botolph, is on folio 86 recto (D00992; Turner Bequest XXXIV 81a). In this study the church with its famous tower (‘Boston Stump’) is only faintly sketched in, and Turner concentrates on the wharfside buildings and shipping in the harbour. The two drawings were used for reference when Turner composed his watercolour of Boston for the Picturesque Beauties of England and Wales in the mid-1830s (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario).1
Wilton 1979, p.400 no.859, reproduced.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.