Not on display
The drawing is, as Finberg notes, slight, but does seem to show a cliff face. Drawings at the other end of the sketchbook show the mouth of the River Wear at Sunderland from the south bank on folios 1 recto–5 recto (D12318–D12324), so the present sketch may have been made along the coast a little to the south. The coast has seen much industrialisation, but remains rugged towards Ryhope and beyond.
The significance of Turner’s note is unclear, although the names Spoors and its variant Spoor were and remain particularly common in what are now Northumberland and Tyne and Wear,1 so may indicate a possible local contact on this tour.
There is some darkening of the paper over the leather overlaps. The overlap at the bottom has been scored in parallel bands and three sections drawn back to form pencil loops protruding beyond the lower edge of the cover. Similar scoring is evident inside the front cover (D40918) but there the binder seems to have changed his mind and pasted the endpaper straight over the strips.
There is extensive staining across the inner two-thirds of the page, corresponding largely with that evident on the outside covers, and probably caused by the Tate flood in 1928 (see the note for the front cover, D40917).