The swiftly noted subject is unidentified, but the tall cypress trees at the left suggest it may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. The rough forms in the foreground appear to be small boats, with the schematically rendered uprights beyond presumably indicating a bridge. Finberg described the buildings on the skyline as ‘ruins’,1 but their roughness may simply be symptomatic of Turner’s haste.
Finberg 1909, II, p.1079.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘241 | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘268’ bottom right.