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The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. Margate is seen to the east across the sweep of the bay, with the pier and lighthouse on the left and the tower of Holy Trinity Church (1829, since demolished) above. Tate D22548 and D22552 (Turner Bequest CCXLI 75, 78) in the contemporary Marine Dabblers sketchbook show similar aspects; compare also the background of the watercolour Margate, Kent of about 1830 (Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry),1 engraved in 1832 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Tate impressions: T04590–T04592, T06098).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.398 no.839, reproduced.
There is some scattered brown staining which has passed through the paper from the recto (D35775).