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The pencil study of figures on one half of this centrally folded sheet – made with the sheet turned vertically – may be related to studies in the Marford Mill sketchbook (Tate D00303, D00308; Turner Bequest XX 31, 34). The study of masonry in the other half – made with the sheet turned horizontally – is reminiscent of the copies that Turner made after Michael Angelo Rooker (1746–1801) in 1792 (Tate D00192, D00193; Turner Bequest XVII Q, R); this detail does not appear to be copied from another artist’s drawing.
The colour trials on the half of the sheet with the masonry study lie alongside the central crease, indicating that the sheet was already folded when they were made.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram