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This drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. For Turner’s commission for views of Cassiobury from the Earl of Essex, see under D02235 (Turner Bequest XLVII 58). A finished watercolour based on this view was made for Essex (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston),1 and engraved for the History and Description of Cassiobury Park, 1816 (no Tate impression).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.320 no.189, reproduced.
Finberg noted1 that the drawing had suffered in the 1928 Tate Gallery flood, and that some of the pencil lines had been partly obliterated, as he conjectured, during cleaning. For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 51, see the Introduction.
A.J. Finberg (died 1939), undated MS note in an interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.122.