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With the page turned vertically, there are two waterfront views here. As Ian Warrell has noted,1 the buildings in the upper drawing include Portsmouth’s former Square Tower semaphore station, with the Eighteen Gun Battery and Round Tower seen to the north-west from the Saluting Platform. Compare Edward William Cooke’s 1836 painting of the Semaphore at Portsmouth (National Maritime Museum, London). For other views of the tower, see under folio 2 verso (Tate D35688); compare in particular folios 5 recto and 14 verso (D35962, D35709).