Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. The identification of this subject was suggested by Eric Shanes.1 Technically, the drawing is uniform with that on folio 85 verso (D07241; Turner Bequest CVI 82a). Turner probably made Dovedale part of his route from the Midlands to Knutsford and Tabley at the beginning of his tour in the summer of 1808; see Introduction to the sketchbook. The river is full of trout, and the medieval packhorse bridge at Milldale had been described by Izaak Walton in The Compleat Angler (1653) and subsequently named after the author’s assumed name of ‘viator’ (traveller).
In conversation with the author.