Turner had made a watercolour of Hampton Court in this aspect for his 1795 set (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester);1 its composition closely resembles that of this drawing. No study of the same view exists in the South Wales sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest XXVI), and it has been supposed that Turner took the Hereford Court book with him on his tour to South Wales in 1795, though this seems highly unlikely; see the sketchbook’s Introduction.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.319 no.182, reproduced.
Blank; inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Earl of Essex’; spots of grey-blue colour; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.