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Rendered with a muted palette of dilute grey, blue and a little yellow, the profile of a fortification can be seen atop a headland and beneath it a settlement sketched out with vague and swift line. A breakwater, filled in with grey wash, juts out into the water. A stroke of dilute yellow gives a fleeting impression of a beach.
This coastal scene is probably related to the drawing on the previous folio (Tate D17730; Turner Bequest CCII 11). The composition of the headland is similar to that in Turner’s finished watercolour Folkestone from the Sea of about 1823–4 produced for the Marine Views series (Tate D18158; Turner Bequest CCVIII Y).1 There is a loose colour sketch for this watercolour of about the same date (Tate D25480; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 357).
See also Eric Shanes, Turner’s England 1810–38, London 1990, pp.120–1, no.95 (colour).