The statue of a river god was evidently one of the ornaments in the grounds of Fonthill Splendens, laid out by ‘Alderman’ Beckford (William Beckford, 1709–1770), the father of Turner’s patron William Beckford (1760–1844); see D02178 (Turner Bequest XLVII 1).
There are unrelated sketches from paintings by Claude Lorrain on the verso (D41265).
There are smears of blue, green, yellow and brown colour. For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 21, see the Introduction.
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