With the page turned vertically, Turner has used the outer third to record a storm over a river setting with small boats and the characteristic mast and boom of a Thames barge. The setting may be Isleworth, his old haunt near Richmond, looking north-west to the classical rotunda of the Pavilion at the corner of Syon Park on the left; compare the sketches on folio 9 verso (D17786), under which the subject is discussed, and 36 verso (D17824). The same storm may be recorded on the recto (D17816). For other sky and cloud studies, see the entry for the inside of the front cover (D40982).
Inverted relative to the foliation is part of a view of the waterfront of the Tower of London from the River Thames, and a detail of associated buildings above. This is a continuation of the full-page view on folio 34 recto opposite (D17814), under which the subject is discussed. Prominent on the present page is the hulk of the Perseus, a former 22-gun Royal Navy frigate1 moored on the river. The bows of such a vessel appear more prominently in a similar juxtaposition in Turner’s watercolour of the Tower of about 1825 (private collection),2 as discussed in the entry for D17819.
For other London and Thames views in the present book, see under folio 2 recto (D17775).