The subject of this sketch presently remains elusive. Finberg noted simply a ‘Bridge, with town’, while Ian Warrell tentatively added a little more detail: ‘?Town above a river, with a 3 arched bridge, and ?fortification on left’.1 These large structures might also represent a mill or industrial complex, with a conical chimney towards the left; the façades to left and right are characterised by a degree of decoration, albeit indicated rather cursorily.
The drawing falls between various Derbyshire Peak District subjects in this sketchbook (see the Introduction and under folio 21 recto; D22187). However, as they stand today, Lumford Mill, on the River Wye near Bakewell, Cressbrook Mill or Litton Mill, up-river towards Buxton, cannot be securely linked with the study. Assuming an industrial subject, Manchester may be another possibility (see under folio 12 recto; D22171).
Ian Warrell, notes from 1993 and later in Tate catalogue files.