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Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this slight drawing shows small sailing boats, apparently with the masts and spars of a larger vessel beyond to the left. Like the other rapid sketches in this book this presumably relates to the arrival of Louis-Philippe, King of the French, at Portsmouth Harbour on 8 October 1844, as discussed in the Introductions to the sketchbook and the overall section.
The blank recto is inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘19’ and stamped in black ‘CCCLXII – 19’ at the bottom right. For numerous instances of blank, unaccessioned rectos in this sketchbook, see the technical notes in the Introduction.