The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. Ian Warrell, following Warburton’s tacit association of the drawing with Turner’s tour for Dr Whitaker,1 assumes that this is a scene ‘near Whalley’,2 as indeed it may be; though there is no internal evidence to confirm this. The stone and slate construction of the cottage or hut, with its grindstone outside the door, is consistent with a location in both Lancashire and North Wales. The slight studies of battlements on the verso (D41274) are however perhaps more likely to be connected with Caernarvon or Beaumaris than Whalley; compare folio 5 verso (D01917).
The sheet is discoloured from exposure.