This prospect, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, was identified as ‘all Chester’ 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 the subject had rather discursively been suggested as Shrewsbury (see under folio 12 verso; D22172), or even Durham, a Turner subject on other occasions. As Ian Warrell has noted, Grosvenor Bridge is in the distance,2 to the west down the River Dee beyond the Old Dee Bridge and Chester Castle on the opposite bank. The viewpoint is in the neighbourhood of the later Victoria Crescent. Compare the sketch from a lower position on folio 63 recto opposite (D22267).
For other views of Chester, see under folio 14 verso (D22176).