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Like the views on folios 40 recto and 63 recto (D41318, D41345), this drawing appears to show the jagged sandstone rocks at the north end of Bude’s beach, looking north along the Devon coast towards Lower Sharpnose Point; the setting and possible related works are discussed under the first sketch mentioned above. There is a separate detail of convoluted strata at the top right. For other views of Bude, see under folio 35 recto (D41311).
As discussed in the introduction, the pages of this ‘sketchbook’ appear to have originally been loose sheets, and are not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory of the Bequest, although he subsequently noted the subject as ‘Rocky coast’ in a manuscript listing,1 as did C.F. Bell in his own notes.2 Figures usually corresponding to Finberg’s MS catalogue page numbers, which differ from Bell’s sequence, are inscribed on the verso of most sheets.
A.J. Finberg, MS addenda, [circa 1928–39], tipped into a copy of his A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, opposite p.356, as CXXV(a) 70.
C.F. Bell, MS addenda, [after 1928], tipped into a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, p.356B, as CXXVa 68.
The sheet is slightly wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp.
Blank, save for inscription by Edwin Fagg in pencil ‘170 | 70’ bottom right. There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet.