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This is a study for the oil painting Dunstanborough Castle, N.E. Coast of Northumberland. Sun-Rise after a Squally Night, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1798 (National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne).1 Another study made in connection with this work is Tate D00890 (Turner Bequest XXXIII S); see also Tate D01112 and D01114 (Turner Bequest XXXVI R, T).
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.4–5 no.6, pl.4 (colour).