Turner made another pencil study of the cathedral from this angle, though from farther away (private collection). Both drawings may have been used as guides for a finished watercolour of about 1796, bought by Sir Richard Colt Hoare of Stourhead, Wiltshire (private collection).1 See also Tate D00369 (Turner Bequest XXII P). Turner reverted to the composition for one of the subjects of his series Picturesque Views in England and Wales, as Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, of about 1831 (private collection).2
Finberg inadvertently gave this sheet two numbers in his 1909 Inventory.
Blank; some splashes of brown colour; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed, in a later hand ‘7’.