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 sheet has been folded across the centre twice. Patches of light brown staining across the sheet. An area of abrasion at the centre of the sheet has obscured a passage of pencil drawing.
The verso is Tate D34841 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 356v).