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Along with watercolours on folios 40 recto and 41 recto (D10257, D10258; CXXXVII 39, 40) this study perhaps represents the Eddystone Lighthouse, off Plymouth, which Turner may have visited in 1813, producing a finished watercolour of it at night, without a moon, by 1817. A possibly related watercolour of an empty sea and sky is on folio 39 verso (D10256; CXXXVII 38). There is a fuller discussion of the subject and dating under D10258.
The composition is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliated sequence.
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