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This page is mostly occupied by a view of Petit Bot Bay on the south coast of Guernsey. The sketch is taken from an inland vantage with a cluster of small buildings in the foreground leading to the small, sheltered bay. One of the island’s distinctive eighteenth-century ‘loophole’ towers, built during the Napoleonic Wars, is centrally positioned in the scene.1 The view is repeated from a position a few paces to the west in a smaller sketch on the right-hand edge of this page, which has been drawn with the sketchbook turned vertically. Art historian Ian Warrell proposes that the Turner’s note of ‘Tippo Bay’ towards the bottom right-hand corner of the page is a phonetic spelling of the local pronunciation of Petit Bot Bay.2 The bay recurs in this volume on folio 82 recto (D23677; Turner Bequest CCLII 82).