Turner took a boat along Lake Lugano between Porlezza in the east and Lugano to the west, at which point he disembarked and crossed by road across a short strip of land to the westernmost tip of the lake at Ponte Tresa.1 The sketches on this page relate to that journey. The uppermost vista looks north-east across Lake Lugano from above Lugano itself, while the remaining studies drawn vertically on the sheet all appear to be variant views of the small lake of Muzzano.
Also on the page, in the bottom right-hand corner, is part of the landscape composition which has spilled over from the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 73 (D14284; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 72). The subject is a view of Lugano.
See Crimi 2007, pp.30–1.