The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. The River Hodder is a tributary of the Ribble, flowing south from the Forest of Bowland to join the Ribble near Mitton, south west of Clitheroe. Turner followed its course to reach Browsholme Hall, a watercolour of which (private collection)1 was engraved in 1800 for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s History of Whalley (Tate impression: T05931). Other studies at Whitewell, made in 1809, are in Turner’s Petworth sketchbook (Tate D07520–D07522; Turner Bequest CIX 8a, 9, 10).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.332 no.291, reproduced.