Turner’s inscription, broken as it is by the tiller of the boat, has been thought to read ‘BRIGHTON’, and the whole group of drawings accordingly assigned to the Brighton area. In fact, there are greater similarities with studies of Margate in the contemporary Wilson sketchbook (Tate D01231, D01233, D01234; Turner Bequest XXXVII 114, 116, 117).1
A.Wilton, J.M.W.Turner: The Wilson Sketchbook, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.19
There are some blue colour stains along the top right and right edges of the sheet.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.