The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. A colour study based on this drawing is Tate D00891 (Turner Bequest XXXIII T); this must have been made at the same time as the similarly coloured study of Dunstanburgh Castle (Tate D00890; Turner Bequest XXXIII S). Turner made a finished watercolour of the subject, probably based on the drawing, for the England and Wales series, in about 1829 (destroyed by fire in 1962).1 The colour study suggests that he intended to make a finished watercolour, perhaps for a commission: the inscription in uncharacteristic writing may not be Turner’s, but might be explained as the proposed title for a finished picture. Compare his elaborate copper-plate titles for plates in a planned but unexecuted book of ‘Views on the River Avon’, in the 1791 Bristol and Malmesbury sketchbook (Tate D00074, D00082, D00086; Turner Bequest VI 3, 9, 12).
Wilton 1979, pp.396–7 no.827, reproduced.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.