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Technique and condition
This composition is executed on cream wove writing paper. Faint graphite pencil drawing is evident, followed by pale blue watercolour wash applied to depict all details. For example, the effect of the mortar has been created by leaving areas of blank paper visible. Indigo is the only pigment used.
The identification is due to Ian Warrell. The distinctive use here of blocks of blue wash to ‘enact’ the construction of the masonry is to be found also in the view of a church tower (Tate D00185; Turner Bequest XVII J).
Washed with a grey tone; stained; inscribed in a modern hand ‘116’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.