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Turner scholar C.F. Bell suggested that the subject was based on the topography of Barnard Castle;1 it is probably a composite subject, apparently derived from on the scenery of the Welsh Marches, and similar in handling to Tate D00879 (Turner Bequest XXXIII H) in this grouping; see also the capricci of Blois and Tours (Tate D00673, D00674; Turner Bequest XXVII L, M).
C.F. Bell (died 1966), undated MS note in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.66.
Blank, save for watercolour trials; inscribed by a later hand in pencil ‘9’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.