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Finberg’s suggestion that this sketch represents Winchelsea is surely right; the view must be from near the Royal Military Canal below the town to the south-east. Folio 62 verso of this sketchbook (D10517; Turner Bequest CXL 55a) has a different view of Winchelsea from the Royal Military Road (built 1804–9) from Rye, which Turner used for a watercolour in which he included the canal (private collection).1 As discussed under D10517, this watercolour is fictitious in its depiction of the canal and the present sketch, while very slight, may give a truer picture of its relationship to the town on its hill.
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.348 no.430.