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This view of the town was presumably taken as Turner crossed from Southampton to the Isle of Wight, sailing down Southampton Water. The two spires are those of the churches of St Michael and St Mary, both early medieval foundations whose fabric had been renewed and replaced often by Turner’s time (both were completely rebuilt in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries).
The lower half of the page had been cut away by Finberg’s time; the sketchbook’s intact pages measure 264 x 204 mm.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.
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After William Westall Southampton, Hampshire