This rough pencil study is one of ten small drawings on nine printed visiting cards or blanks (Tate D34929–D34939; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 431–439), all apart from D34929 being rapid permutations of the classical architectural and seaport motifs of Claude Lorrain, a consistent influence on Turner (see the Introduction to this subsection). For general comments and dating, see under D34929.
This example is drawn over Turner’s own printed name and long-standing central London address. Compare Tate D34937 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 437v), the printed card of a fellow artist.
There is another drawing with shipping on the verso (Tate D34933; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 434v).