Eric Shanes has recognised the sketch on folio 66 recto (D09550) as a view of Barnstaple Bridge, with its sixteen arches over the River Taw (which Finberg misidentified as the twenty-four-arched bridge at nearby Bideford).1 Shanes relates it to a watercolour study (Tate D25443; Turner Bequest CCLXIII), which also incorporates details from the verso of the present leaf (D09555; see below for further discussion). The drawings in between, on this page and folios 67 recto, 68 recto and 69 recto (D09551–D09553), noted by Finberg as the ‘same bridge’ are therefore also identifiable as of Barnstaple. However, two drawings of a similar bridge on folio 79 recto and verso (D09564, D09565) do indeed, as Finberg suggested, show Bideford, as the latter sketch is annotated ‘24’.2
Unusually, the present drawing appears to have been continued on the verso (D09555), as there are signs of slight vertical creasing about a quarter of the way in from the outer edge of the leaf suggesting that Turner folded the present face temporarily in order to continue the composition on the right-hand half of the back.
For other views of Barnstaple see under D09550.