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This panoramic prospect, which continues across folio 17 verso opposite (D18736), is to the south-east from the vicinity of the Upperton Monument folly in Petworth Park. Nearly a mile away in the distance on the right here is the tower of All Hallows, Tillington, while Petworth House appears on the other page.1 Ian Warrell has noted the possibility of Turner’s involvement in the design of the unusual ‘flying arched tower’ of Tillington Church, and how he here ‘defines the pinnacles ... with particular care’.2 The animals in the foreground here appear to be cattle (see also the written note in the similar view on the verso, D18738), rather than the deer seen on folio 20 recto (D18741).
The sequence of sketches between folio 17 verso (D18736) and (apparently) folio 26 recto (D18753), and possibly 26 verso (D18754), comprises Sussex subjects in the vicinity of Petworth, those as far as folio 22 verso (D18746) showing the park west of the house. For a note on Lord Egremont, Petworth, and Turner’s work there, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.