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Drawn as Turner worked through the sketchbook from the back, and thus in reverse to the present numbering, this is the right half of a double-page spread continued from folio 302 recto opposite (D11907), opposite, recording a grouse shoot on the moors above Hall Beck Gill (see notes to folio 302 verso; D11908). The location is near Farnley Hall, the Yorkshire home of Turner’s friend and patron Walter Fawkes, and the subject is related in general terms to a sketch in the Large Farnley sketchbook (Tate D09024; Turner Bequest CXXVIII 8) and thence to a finished watercolour, Grouse Shooting (Wallace Collection, London)1 painted for Sir William Pilkington of Chevet Hall, Wakefield, a friend of Fawkes.
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.361 no.535.
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