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Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, at the top, the spire is probably that of Southampton’s Holyrood Church. This is the last of a sequence of views in the Southampton area; see under folio 58 verso (D18102).
Across the middle of the page, the buildings on a wooded shore may be in the Southampton area, or perhaps at Cowes; compare the hazy distance in the painting East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq.; the Regatta Starting for their Moorings, exhibited in at the Royal Academy in 1828 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).1 Below is a study of a yacht, with a detail of the configuration of the top of its mast. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.
There are similar sketches on folio 68 verso opposite (D18122).
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.150–1 no.243, pl.247 (colour).