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Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, this sketch depicts a view across the kind of steep and craggy coastal terrain that abounds in the Channel Islands. Sark Island, whose coast is a subject of particular study in this sketchbook, was described around the same time as ‘beset with numerous sunken as well as lofty rocks, apparently severed from the main land by some terrible convulsion of nature, and separated from it by narrow channels’.1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.139.