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Taken with the sketchbook turned upside down, this finely rendered study of a windmill with the Picardie town of Abbeville in the distance is one of two views produced by Turner during the last phase of his 1824 tour (see Tate D20116; Turner Bequest CCXVII 22). The artist has inscribed the word ‘Corn’ to the right of the windmill, perhaps a reminder of the grain being milled there or the crops which grew in the fields nearby.
There are some small incidental smudges of black pigment at right. The paper has mottled and browned significantly, a result of the drawing’s prolonged exhibition and exposure to sunlight during the nineteenth century.