Finberg had suggested that this was a view of Builth Wells, but J.P. Heseltine noted that the sheet has the air of both a copy and a Picturesque composition.1 It has now been identified as showing Tours. The town view must have been copied from a print, and Ian Warrell proposes that the subject was that of a print given Turner to copy by Dr Monro. The copying process is, however, very different from that of most Monro drawings, and includes, as Warrell notes, an elaborate foreground frame of road and trees which Turner presumably invented. A similar exercise is Tate D00674 (Turner Bequest XXVII M); see also Tate D00724 (Turner Bequest XXIX S).
MS notes, Tate catalogue files.
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