The specific view is unidentified, but the mountainous landscape appears characteristic of the Lake District, in what is now Cumbria. Views of Millom Castle, Cumbria, elsewhere in this sketchbook are datable to 1809 (see under D08975; CXXVII 9); assuming the identification is correct, the present study would presumably have been made on the same tour.
For other identified or likely Cumbrian subjects, see under D08965 (CXXVII 1).
This is one of a few single leaves which, with a greater number of loose bifolio sheets, constitute the so-called Sandycombe and Yorkshire sketchbook. The folded sheets were not bound, but placed inside each other in a sequence which is not entirely recoverable (see the sketchbook’s Introduction for a suggested order).