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These various separate studies take up most of the page (turned vertically), forming a spontaneous composition. They include nettles (Urtica) towards the top left, dandelions (Taraxacum) at the bottom right, and perhaps ivy (Hedera) towards the bottom left. The page is annotated ‘Stamford Hill’, the area about three miles north-west of central London where the specimens were presumably observed. There are no identified sketches of the surrounding landscape in the present sketchbook or elsewhere from which to infer a date or a particular reason for Turner’s being there. There are other, similarly detailed botanical studies on folios 5 recto, 7 recto and 8 recto (D12131, D12133, D12135), perhaps made on the same occasion.
There seems to be no sign of John Ruskin’s usual red ink foliation; there are such numbers on most of the later pages (see the Introduction to the sketchbook).