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According to John Ruskin, this sketch of a skeleton and another on folio 6 of the sketchbook (D05623) were ‘used in the “Liber Studiorum” plate of the “Devil’s Bridge”’ – that is, Little Devil’s Bridge ... engraved by Charles Turner in 1809 (for Turner’s drawing for it, see Tate D08123; Turner Bequest CXVI V). However, the resemblance is probably coincidental and, in the context of the sketchbook, the most likely subject is the remains of a sheep on the Downs or Romney Marsh.
The paper is discoloured from exposure.
Blank, but inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘185’; traces of paper from a former mount, with red ink marks, are stuck to this side of the leaf.
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Attributed to Joseph Mallord William Turner An Old Church
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