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Painting and drawing subjects for commissioned engravings took up much
of Turner's time. Many of his sketching tours were made in order to collect visual material for topographical picturesque views. The completed engraving made from this
sketch hangs nearby. It shows how closely the finished design resembles Turner's
first compositional ideas.

 

The picture is dominated by the central
trees but just visible, stretching along Pevensey Bay beyond, are a number
of round Martello Towers. This chain of defensive constructions, built during the Napoleonic wars, is still a feature of this
part of the southern coast.

 

September 2004