The 'Itinerary Rhine Tour' sketchbook contains Turner's own timetable of his 1817 tour, together with notes on the areas he was to visit, compiled before his departure from several authoritative sources. He used this sketchbook on tour alongside nos.2 and 3, but it was only here that he recorded the people he saw around him. The exhibited sketches fall within a group of studies made near Sinzig, between Bonn and Coblenz, mostly showing people carrying out their daily tasks and often accompanied by notes on colour and clothing. The village maiden on the left of f.41r must be one of the most delightful that Turner ever sketched.
Gallery label, September 1991