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This study, made with the sketchbook inverted, belongs to a series of drawings of shipping at Leith with George IV’s royal squadron (see folio 64; D17618). These sketches show formations of boats, some at anchor with bunting tied to their shrouds and others under sail. None of the boats in the current sketch can be identified as particular vessels in the squadron and no particular event seems to be depicted, although this sketch was likely to have been made on the day that the King disembarked at Leith (15 August 1822).
At the bottom of the page, and continuing onto folio 65 (D17620) is an outline sketch of the view of Edinburgh from Leith with Edinburgh Castle (see King’s Visit to Edinburgh 1822 sketchbook Introduction for reference to other sketches of this view).