Not on display
Turner’s viewpoint is the shore east of the Cobb (Lyme Regis’s harbour), looking north-east towards the town along what is now Marine Parade, with the square tower of St Michael the Archangel’s Church at the centre. The sketch has been described as having a ‘very slight’ relationship1 to Turner’s watercolour Lyme Regis, Dorset of about 1834, for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Cincinnati Art Museum),2 although the view there is in the opposite direction (see the concordance in the introduction to the 1811 West Country tour).
Probably in preparation for his 1811 tour, Turner made a historical note on Lyme Regis from a recent edition of John Feltham’s Guide to All the Watering and Sea-Bathing Places in the Vale of Heathfield sketchbook (Tate D10206; Turner Bequest CXXXVII 1), noting the landing of the Duke of Monmouth at the start of his 1685 rebellion against James II.
There is some ink offsetting from the inscription on the opposite page, folio 35 verso (D08428).