This is one of a large number of sketches on loose sheets of paper depicting coastal terrain and seagoing vessels in various combinations. For the grouping and dating of these works to the middle and later periods of Turner’s career, see the section introduction.
The ink is faded across the sheet. The right-hand edge of the sheet is stained light brown.
Pencil note ‘D24908’. Vestiges of white wove paper around the edges, presumably from an earlier mount.