This drawing is similar to another from the same sketchbook, inscribed ‘Banks of Arun’ on its verso (D07514; Turner Bequest CIX 3). The Arun runs east of Petworth and very close to Fittleworth where Turner also used a sketchbook in 1809,1 to join the English Channel at Littlehampton. The figures must be anglers, judging by Turner’s note on the verso. See also a slight sketch of sportsmen, from the same sketchbook (D07512; Turner Bequest CIX 1). Turner may already have been taking part in the various activities laid on for guests at Petworth.
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Drawing our first pond’. Finberg gives an alternative reading of the last word as ‘bird’, which might suggest that the recto depicts duck-shooting, but the subject appears to be fishing.
- River Arun(26)