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Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this slight drawing shows the outline of the Chinese Fishing Temple (now gone) to the north-west across Virginia Water. It is comparable to the composition of the watercolour Virginia Water of about 1829 (private collection),1 one of two engraved for The Keepsake in 1830 (Tate impressions: T04618, T06141), although the more detailed study on folio 75 recto (D22116; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 73) was probably the main source of the composition.
For other views around Virginia Water, see under folio 73 verso (D22113; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 71a).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.359 no.519, pl.141 (colour).