Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this study shows ships at anchor, with a large yacht passing in front to the left, comparable with the one towards the left of the painting East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq.; the Regatta Starting for their Moorings, exhibited in at the Royal Academy in 1828 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).1 For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.150–1 no.243, pl.247 (colour).
Blank, apart from pencil offsetting from the heavily worked drawing on folio 9 recto opposite (D18005).