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The castle is seen from the south-west, with the West Okement River flowing through the valley below. This sketch has long been recognised as the main source for the watercolour Okehampton, on the Okement of about 1824 (Tate D18138; Turner Bequest CCVIII E),1 engraved in 1825 for The Rivers of England,2 where a woodcutter and his family appear among the felled trees in the foreground.
For other views of the town and castle at Okehampton, see under folio 59 recto (D09814; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 22).
There is some black spotting on the surface, and a faint, near-vertical (offset?) line to the right of the castle.
Blank, save for inscriptions: by John Ruskin in red ink ‘936’ bottom left; and in pencil ‘116’ at centre. The recto is one of eight drawings from this sketchbook lent to Oxford University in the nineteenth century (for the others see the sketchbook’s Introduction). Each has a large pencil number inscribed on the back which presumably relates to this loan, although they do not tally with the Oxford catalogue numbers; the surface is marked by extensive glue stains, presumably from having been pasted down for display.