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See note to folio 39 verso (D06111), a variant of the same composition, for Ian Warrell’s identification of the subject as Stourhead and the probability that Turner was in contact with the owner of the estate, Sir Richard Colt Hoare, in North Wales and Tabley, Cheshire, in summer 1808. The present sketch seems to be an early idea for the watercolour Rise of the River Stour at Stourhead perhaps made about 1817 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1825 (Sudeley Castle Trustees).1 Conceivably the watercolour was suggested in 1808 and rough ideas sketched from memory.
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.356 no.496 reproduced.