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The Isle of Wight, with the Needles at its eastern end, is seen on the left. This sketch and that on folio 22 recto (D08403) seem to have been the basis of an unfinished watercolour known as Coast Scene with White Cliffs and Boats (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven),1 of a similar size to those Turner completed for the Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England project (see the introduction to the 1811 West Country tour).
For other sketches made around Christchurch see under folio 22 recto (D08403).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.355 no.488, reproduced; it has since been described as ‘definitely not by Turner’: see Eric Shanes, ‘Books’, Turner Studies, vol.1, no.1, Summer 1981, p.47.