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These sketches show aspects of the port of Great Yarmouth on the Norfolk coast. Sailors and fishermen are recorded in the central and lowermost views, gathered around moored vessels perhaps offloading their catch. Turner has also sketched the local ‘Marine Tavern’ on the seafront where ‘ale’ is sold. The length of Yarmouth’s old pier is depicted at rear, extending out into the North Sea where a fishing smack and lugger can be seen navigating the waters in the distance. Similar drawings are found on Tate D18207, D18209–D18210; Turner Bequest CCIX 26a, 27a–28. Turner’s sketches are associated with designs for both the England and Wales (Tate impression T04547) and East Coast engraving schemes, though the latter design, housed at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, was unpublished.1
Wilton 1979, p.394 no.810 and 405 no.904.