The subject, buildings clustered on a steep hill, is unidentified, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Like Tate D33963 and D33965 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 248, 250) it may show a more detailed aspect of the hill overlooking the town in Tate D33962 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 247).
Paper conservator Peter Bower has noted numerous examples from Turner Bequest section CCCXLI of quarter sheets of paper with a watermark of letters ‘CS and laurel leaves’, paired with a separate mark of three numbers; they may come from one of the Brescia paper mill in Lombardy, from which there are comparable datable sheets from the 1830s and early 1840s.1
See Peter Bower, Turner’s Later Papers: A Study of the Manufacture, Selection and Use of his Drawing Papers 1820–1851, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.113.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘480’ bottom left and in pencil ‘145 | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘[?218]’ bottom right.