Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this slight study of shipping, like the other rapid sketches in this book, relates to the arrival of Louis-Philippe, King of the French, at Portsmouth Harbour on 8 October 1844, as discussed in the Introductions to the sketchbook and the overall section. The drawing appears to continue onto folio 30 recto opposite (Tate D35741). There is a separate sketch of waterfront buildings, made with the page turned vertically.
The blank recto is inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘29’ and stamped in black ‘CCCLXII – 29’ at the bottom right. For numerous instances of blank, unaccessioned rectos in this sketchbook, see the technical notes in the Introduction.