The inscription indicates the parameters of the leg of Turner’s 1811 ‘Southern Coast’ tour covered by this sketchbook; views of Corfe Castle and Dartmouth appear towards the front and back respectively; Finberg’s phrasing implies that the sheet formed the cover at that time, but the book is now bound within a parchment cover (see the introduction to the sketchbook).
There are a few stray ink splashes. As with the verso of the back endpaper as now bound (D41522), the paper is rubbed and darkened, a further indication that the endpapers originally formed the book’s cover.
Blank, save for inscriptions: by Turner’s executors Charles Turner, Henry Scott Trimmer, Sir Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight in ink ‘No 167 C Turner | H.S. Trimmer’ top left, and in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and JPK’ immediately below; in pencil ‘CXXIV’ top right; and stamped in black ‘CXXIV’ top left.