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Made with the page turned horizontally, this is one of several drawings that illustrate the extent of Turner’s exploration of the estate at Fonthill. His finished views are all subjects taken at a distance from the house itself; here, and on D02186, D02202, D02224 (Turner Bequest XLVII 9, 25, 47) and elsewhere, he records buildings associated with Fonthill that were not destined to be part of his final designs. Although he usually presents the great central tower of the Abbey as complete, it is clear from this drawing and others in this book (see D02193; Turner Bequest XLVII 16) that it was still shrouded in scaffolding while he was there.
There are touches of yellow colour along the right edge. For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 11, see the Introduction.