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Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this appears to be a broad study for a picture showing a maritime storm, like the Shipwreck of 1805 (Tate N00476),1 though Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll do not associate it with that work;2 for studies relating to the painting, see under folio 1 verso (D04903; Turner Bequest LXXXI 2). The black mass at the left seems to be the hull of a large ship seen from a viewpoint close to the heaving water. Compare the study on folio 3 verso (D04907; Turner Bequest LXXXI 6).
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