Finberg listed this as one of 22 leaves from this sketchbook found ‘in a parcel labelled by Mr. Ruskin – “M. 16. Leaves of S. 229. Laid down.” They have been mounted on cartridge by Mr. Ruskin.’ Evidently, Ruskin isolated these drawings because they were pencil outlines, without the additions of chalk or gouache found elsewhere in the sketchbook.
Turner’s subject is probably part of the mountainscape around the eastern end of Lake Geneva which he surveyed during his tour in 1802, as noted by David Hill.1 The initial ‘F’ indicates a commission from Walter Fawkes and thus probably a relationship to the background of Turner’s watercolour The Lake of Geneva from above Vevey made for Fawkes c.1809/10 (private collection).2 The ‘A’ might suggest another commission from the wine merchant John Allnutt (see also from this sketchbook D04571; Turner Bequest LXXIV 78).