Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, like the other rapid sketches in this book this relates to the arrival of Louis-Philippe, King of the French, at Portsmouth Harbour on 8 October 1844, as discussed in the Introductions to the sketchbook and the overall section. A vessel is seen from the bows or stern, apparently between the fortifications on each side of the harbour’s entrance. There is possibly a continuation to the left on folio 33 recto opposite (D35747).
The blank recto is inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘32’ and stamped in black ‘CCCLXII – 32’ at the bottom right. For numerous instances of blank, unaccessioned rectos in this sketchbook, see the technical notes in the Introduction.