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With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the upper half of this page with a study of the coastal terrain and architecture which he encountered as he travelled around the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy. See the sketchbook introduction for the major sites of the region recorded in this volume. Diagrammatic form, perhaps depicting a plan, is featured in the lower half of the page.
Turner’ executors subsequently inscribed the page with their endorsements. All these run vertically down the right-hand side of the page. Henry Scott Trimmer signed his name in ink and left the note ‘no 240 | Containing 62 Leaves | Pencil sketches almost | all on both sides -’. Charles Turner signed his name in ink; Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight left their initialled in pencil.