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This is another sketch related to the unfinished Harvest Home (Tate N00562);1 see note to folio 36a of the sketchbook (D05546). Here, Turner shows the harvest meal laid inside a barn, as in the picture, and ideas for its main groupings of figures are also sketched out, including those gathered round a barrel in the foreground and a proprietor at left.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.128 no.209 (pl.208).