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With the distant view of Windsor Castle on folio 2 of the sketchbook (D06073), various sketches of cattle for which see folios 21 and 22 (D06092, D06093) and folios 81 verso and 82 verso (D06161, D06163) also depicting field workers this drawing is associated by Butlin and Joll with Turner’s picture Ploughing up Turnips near Slough (Tate N00486)1 exhibited at Turner’s Gallery in 1809. As they observe, these figures are generally ‘similar but not identical’ to those in the picture. Turner’s addition of colour notes to this sketch and the following on folio 28 (D06099) suggests that he intended to put them to future use.
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.66 no.89 (pl.99).