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This is one of a group of sketches of Hindhead or Gibbet Hill in this sketchbook, all very slight outlines which must have been made from Turner’s coach on his way to or from Portsmouth; see Introduction to the sketchbook for further comment, and Turner’s verses on ‘Hindhead. Tho[u] cloud-capt winded hill’ inside the back cover (D40615). Before being rerouted, for safety reasons, in 1826, the turnpike road to Portsmouth clung to the steep sides of the Devil’s Punch Bowl near Hindhead. Turner showed the scene in all its bleak splendour in his Liber Studiorum plate, Hind Head Hill, 1811, which was worked up from the sketches in this book; see especially folio 54 verso (D06576; Turner Bequest C 49a). For the gibbet, see folio 22 (D06540; Turner Bequest C 21).