Turner’s viewpoint in this sketch is the Malton and York road above the Weaponness Valley, a half mile or so south-west of the present railway station and north of Scarborough Mere. Turner sketched almost exactly the same view (with slightly more clarity of arrangement) in the Devonshire Rivers 3, Yorkshire, Wharfedale sketchbook (Tate D09866; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 65) possibly on the same expedition, and with almost exactly the same inscriptions. Another sketch in the present sketchbook (D11931; Turner Bequest CL 14) records a view nearby, and was probably made in sequence. Turner also recorded almost exactly the same view in the Scarborough 2 sketchbook (Tate D11972; Turner Bequest CLI 18), the first of a sequence in that sketchbook exploring the valley downstream to the shore of the south bay.
A tear at the right edge of this sheet has been repaired.
- Yorkshire, North(770)