Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is one of several sketches in this book associated with the evolution of Ships Bearing Up for Anchorage (‘The Egremont Seapiece’) of 1802 (Tate T03868, on display at Petworth House, Sussex);1 others are on the rectos of folios 29, 30, 31 and 32 (D04023–D04026), and folio 89 recto (D04104; Turner Bequest LXIX 90). Here the layout of the final composition is clearly adumbrated, with a cluster of ships superimposed at the right, and a three-master seen broadside on at the left. There are studies relating to the three-master on folios 39 verso, 40 verso and 41 verso (D04041, D04043, D04045).
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.17 no.18, pl.14 (colour).
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘766’.