The subject was identified as ‘Bridgenorth’ (sic) by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) and the watercolour and Turner scholar C.F. Bell (died 1966) in undated manuscript notes in copies of Finberg’s 1909 Inventory,1 where Finberg rather doubtfully suggested Richmond, North Yorkshire, or Shrewsbury as alternatives – compare for example the general form of a Richmond sketch in the 1797 Tweed and Lakes sketchbook (Tate D01012; Turner Bequest XXXV 9); for Shrewsbury, see under folio 12 verso (D22172).
The view here, continued on folio 77 verso opposite (D22292; Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 76a), shows Bridgnorth to the north up the valley of the River Severn. The leaning castle ruins, St Mary Magdalene’s Church and St Leonard’s Church beyond are seen along the skyline, with the Severn bridge below. There is a similar view on folio 1 recto (D22151), under which other sketches are mentioned.
A.J. Finberg, undated MS notes in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, p.736; C.F. Bell, undated MS notes in another copy at the same location, vol.II, p.736; subject confirmed by Ian Warrell in notes from 1993 and later in Tate catalogue files..