Among adjacent views of Plymouth from the countryside east of it, this study, made with the page turned horizontally, is probably another view in the area, although the church tower and bridge in the valley on the left currently remain unidentified. The drawings as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.
John Ruskin’s description of the subject1 as the setting for Turner’s major painting Crossing the Brook, exhibited in 1815 (Tate N00497),2 is speculation based on loose compositional similarities. He thought the drawings on folios 118 recto (D09345) and 251 recto (D09428; Turner Bequest CXXXI 162a) also related to the painting. There are precise studies of the Tamar Valley west of Plymouth which were used for the painting, in the Vale of Heathfield sketchbook (Tate D10271, D10273, D10274; Turner Bequest CXXXVII 46a, 47a, 48), probably also used in 1813. See also folio 68 recto (D09291).
Blank, save for inscription in blue pencil ‘206’ centre.