As part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge, Dr Bernard Richards has confirmed this drawing, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation and continuing on folio 53 verso opposite (D22424), as a Dudley subject.1 The sketches between folio 50 recto and here (D22417–D22425) all seem to be of or looking from Wren’s Nest Hill, north of Dudley, in this case looking south-east towards the castle, as on previous pages. A painting of Dudley from the Wren’s Nest by Frederick Henry Henshaw (1807–1891; Dudley Museums Service) shows a similar aspect. Compare the sequence in the contemporary Kenilworth sketchbook (Tate D22085–D22090; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 57–59a). For other views of Dudley, see under folio 39 recto (D22395).
Conversation with the author, 14 May 2013.