As set out in the Introduction, this is one of a sequence running through the middle of this sketchbook showing a substantial rural weir with a fence-like wooden superstructure, populated by numerous adults and children engaged in or watching fishing. The location is unidentified. Here, an elegant man in a dark coat and tall hat fishes in the waters of the weir while others look on; he is presumably the man shown previously on folios 18 verso and 19 verso (D27758, D27760). Robert Upstone has noted that ‘it is thought that the man in the top-hat and coat may be the artist’:1 if so, Turner has presented himself rather dashingly in this sequence.
The landscape is continued on folio 21 recto opposite (D27763).
Upstone 1993, p.132.