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Turner seems to have had time only for a rapid note of the view of Salisbury from the height of Old Sarum, the Iron Age hill-fort to the north of the city, but this was clearly an ideal vantage point for one of the panoramic views he was making at this time for Walker’s Copper-Plate Magazine (see the entry on the view of Winchester on the upper half of this leaf, D00420; Turner Bequest XXIV 14a). Although he did not in fact use it in the 1790s, he referred to it much later when developing a watercolour for the series of Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum).1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.398 no.836, reproduced.
This is the lower half of a leaf which has been torn in two and since made up by a strip of paper, reconstituting the page to its full dimensions of 264 x 204 mm; the upper half (i.e. also part of folio 14 recto) is D00420 (Turner Bequest XXIV 14a).
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.