On this page Turner continued recording the shorelines of the Firth of Forth as he travelled west upon it from Queensferry to Stirling (see inside back cover for details; D41132). David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have suggested that the top sketch shows rain falling on the hills to the north, and indeed there is a heavy cloud over the right half of the sketch. Other weather observations can be made about sketches of the Forth on folios 21, 24 and the inside back cover (D26659, D26665, D41132).1 Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan have recognised the building on the second sketch as Alloa Old Kirk, the tower of which still stands. There is a third slight sketch of a shoreline at the very bottom of the page.
Dr David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s Sketches North of Stirling’, Turner Studies: His Art and Epoch 1775–1851, Summer 1990 vol.10 no.1, p.15.