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This page contains a message to Turner from James Hakewill (1778–1843), who filled this sketchbook with advice on travelling in Italy (see the introduction to the sketchbook). The text was first transcribed by Finberg,1 and is repeated here with minor variations:
Buy for me, a head of the pope in | imitation of a gem. and the | paste of it to take impressions from | probably 2/6 will purchase both.
The comments represent a request to buy a souvenir in Rome, see also folio 13 verso (D13882).
In addition to Hakewill’s inscription, Turner has also used this page for two on-the-spot pencil drawings. In the top right-hand corner is a study of the back of a seated woman. Turner’s annotated note suggests that it was drawn at Borghetto, a village on the Via Flaminia between Otricoli and Civita Castellana, see the Ancona to Rome sketchbook (Tate D14795; Turner Bequest CLXXVII 73). At the bottom of the sheet, meanwhile is a sketch of a landscape. The view is currently unidentified, but it appears to depict a tower within a bay, with hills in the background.
Finberg 1909, p.497.