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As part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge, Dr Bernard Richards has identified the spire as that of the Georgian classical St Paul’s Church, Hockley, north-west of the centre of Birmingham.1 Surrounding modern developments around St Paul’s Square make the viewpoint difficult to establish. Turner’s couple of lines of notes at the top right are somewhat scrawled, but they appear to relate to the church, as a diagonal line links them to the tower. The two words at the bottom are equally unclear, but appear to be place names.
For other Birmingham views, see under folio 3 recto (D22327).
Conversation with the author, 14 May 2013.