View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
Turner has produced this drawing with the page turned horizontally. The sketch depicts roughly drawn figures with only the most basic suggestion of their posture and orientation. Isolated patches of scribbled hatching surround them, perhaps representing initial sketches of forms consequently crossed out by Turner. The most developed of the figures is the person to the far left of the page who carries a long object, seemingly supporting the weight of it against a shoulder. Only the briefest suggestion of topography has been sketched in.
There are areas of pale red towards the bottom right of the page which extend onto folio 8 recto (D35348), perhaps colour tests or some sort of reaction with the paper surface. The paper appears to have been rubbed in some places, leaving it a little buckled. There is intermittent black spotting. Two edges of the sheet are irregular; one seems to have been folded and torn.