On the right the coast road curves towards Countisbury, hidden beyond. Turner’s viewpoint is near the modern Barna Barrow car park, some three hundred metres above sea level. On the left is the deep valley of the East Lyn River, disappearing behind the hill at the centre of the drawing. The skyline terminates on the right at Hollerday Hill, the coastal headland sheltering Lynmouth and Lynton (for which see under D08948; CXXVI 3), which Turner has noted. The letters elsewhere presumably stand for ‘woods’ and ‘grass’. There is a view from the road west of Countisbury on D08960 (Turner Bequest CXXVI 14).
There are five sets of stitch holes near the left-hand edge, and a small hole to the lower right of the centre.
See James Hamilton, Turner: A Life, London 1997, p.304.