Not on display
The drawing, made with the page turned vertically, shows a disparate group of figures, including soldiers in plumed helmets and perhaps children, on a slope with masts beyond. They are likely to be spectators on the shore at Cowes Regatta; compare the variety of figures in Turner’s 1827 oil Sketch for ‘East Cowes Castle, the Regatta Starting for Their Moorings’ No.3 (Tate N01997)1 and the subsequent painting East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq.; the Regatta Starting for their Moorings, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1828 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).2 There is another crowd on folio 69 recto opposite (D20701; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 66); for other spectators see under folio 13 recto (D20615; Turner Bequest CCXXVI 12).
For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the Introduction.