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This is among dozens of blue paper studies presumably made in connection with the Cowes Regatta events in the late summer of 1827; see the Introduction to this subsection for other generic harbour and coastal scenes. There appear to be distant indications of a low coastline, perhaps with buildings, probably either on the Isle of Wight or the Hampshire mainland to the north across the Solent.
As noted in the Introduction, the present work and thirty-four other sheets were recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory as unmounted, and ‘formed part of [a] parcel’ labelled by John Ruskin ‘O. 232. Chalk scrawls on grey. Rubbish.’1
Finberg 1909, II, p.702.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘232 | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘CCXXVIII . 11’ top left, upside down.
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After Joseph Mallord William Turner Cowes, Isle of Wight