See note to folio 1 of the sketchbook (D05491) for its various composition studies of an ancient seaport with figures arriving or departing. This version has some similarities to the coloured study on folio 49 verso (D05568), and Finberg thought that both and especially the present one showed similarities to Dido Building Carthage (National Gallery, London),1 but this was probably not foreseen by Turner. Here, the arch seen in folio 49 verso is replaced by a round building.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.94–6 no.131 (pl.133).
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