Turner made many studies in this book for the breezy seapieces he exhibited at his own gallery in 1808. In the finished oil he brought together his interest in the ships and smaller craft of the Thames estuary with acutely observed weather and lighting conditions. The sketches on this page opening are typical of these dual interests, which are balanced throughout the book. On the left-hand sheet he has recorded a sunset from the water, making a note to himself at the bottom of the page: 'Sun like an Egg yoke'.
Gallery label, September 2004