The very slight and rapid drawing at the bottom right appears to be a profile of a building or buildings, with two vertical features which may be chimneys or towers. It has been cancelled, perhaps immediately, with a vigorous zig-zag line. Turner may have started the study while on the move – a so-called ‘carriage sketch’ – before abandoning it. Such crossings-out are rare among the drawings surviving in the Turner Bequest.
The inscription suggests its subject, though the sketch is too rough to make the connection certain. There are clear studies of the Somerset castle in the present sketchbook (D08953, D08955; CXXVI 7, 9), and distant views of Dunster scattered through the Devonshire Coast, No.1 sketchbook, although some of the identifications are less certain than others (Tate D08398, D08654, D08672, D08683, D08699, D08732, D08747, D08768; Turner Bequest CXXIII 19a, 153, 162a, 168a, 178v, 202, 210a, 225).
The drawing is not listed by Finberg, and does not physically match the other leaves from the Somerset and North Devon sketchbook.1 It is not clear how or when this sheet came to be associated with them. It does not have the stitch holes common to the others, is thinner and of different proportions, and appears to have been part of a larger sheet, three edges being trimmed straight while the top is torn fairly roughly. There is some creasing and a little black spotting, and a tear to the left-hand edge.
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.357, CXXVI.
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