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Turner’s viewpoint is the wooded slopes across the River Wear from Durham Cathedral, looking south-east. In the trees to the left of the distant bridge is the arch of the Watergate on South Bailey; a small figure is indicated among the trees on the right. The foliage and skyline of buildings on the left continue a little way onto folio 9 verso opposite (D12329). The bridge and arch also appear on folio 7 recto (D12326), and there is a similar view in the 1801 Helmsley sketchbook (Tate D02485, D02486; Turner Bequest LIII 16a–17).