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Finberg’s tentative reading of Turner’s inscription as ‘Travellers sheltering themselves with Turf’1 seems plausible; the rather hasty note is in place of any visual representation of figures, and the strokes at the top left presumably indicate oncoming heavy rain. Perhaps Turner himself sought protection beside or under a stack of cut peat turfs.2
For other definite or likely Dartmoor views, see under folio 8 recto (D09489).
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