As noted under folio 89 recto (D01311; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 57), Turner’s view of Llangollen for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (private collection),1 engraved in 1837 (Tate impression: T04609), seems to have been composed from various sketches made on the spot. The turbulent river in the foreground of the watercolour was very likely based on details noted on this sheet. The touches of paint along the lower edge of the composition seem to have strayed from the fully coloured leaf immediately preceding, folio 90 recto (D01350; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 96).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.402 no.872, reproduced.
There are smears of colour along the lower edge of the drawing.
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Thos Jones Esqr | Landisilio’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.
Jones had presumably commissioned a watercolour based on the subject recorded on the recto of this leaf, though no such work is known. ‘Landisilio’ is evidently Llantisilio Hall, not far from Llangollen, the seat of Thomas Jones. He is not to be confused with the well-known eighteenth-century amateur artist (1742–1803), famous for his memoirs and plein-air views in Italy, whose seat was at Penkerrig, Powys.1
See Gage 1965, p.75 note 2.