The formulas for foliage seen here in the lower right of the design correspond closely to those adopted by Turner in his landscape drawings and watercolours of the early 1790s. They derive from the style of P.J. de Loutherbourg (1740–1812). The inscription appears to be a monogram, and may be an early experiment with Turner’s four initials. Compare the monograms on Tate D00198 and D00203 (Turner Bequest XVIII C, H).
A large hole at the upper left has been restored. Bower relates this sheet to the possibly French paper used in D00064 (Turner Bequest V L).
Laid down; Ian Warrell has noted an offset from Tate D00201 (Turner Bequest XVIII F).