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This watercolour was originally catalogued as part of the group of miscellaneous studies for book illustrations, which were produced by Turner between 1826 and about 1835. However, the sheet bears a Whatman watermark of 1841, which places it somewhat later than the vignette designs. The intense colours of the sunset overwhelm everything else in this subject, but it is possible to make out the vague suggestion of a tower on a headland, perhaps representing the cliffs at either Folkestone or Dover.

September 2004