This side of the sheet is not mentioned in Eric Shanes’s Watercolour Explorations,1 survey of Turner’s ‘colour beginnings’, in which he speculates that the watercolour on the recto (D25243; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 121) may be a study for a view of Bedford of about 1829 in the England and Wales series.
The pencil work here is extremely loose, with buildings roughly indicated above the skyline at the centre. The pale forms on the right are possibly the receding piers of a stone bridge, suggesting a river rather than a lake. Finberg rendered the inscription as ‘Spot taken out by knife (?) of C.P.’, though its precise sense remains obscure.
Eric Shanes, Turner’s Watercolour Explorations 1810–1842, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997.