With the page turned horizontally, Turner made this study the starting point for a view of the Junction of Severn and Wye in his Liber Studiorum series; the watercolour drawing is Tate D08132 (Turner Bequest CXVII E). Landscape with a River and Bay in the Distance, a late painting (Musée du Louvre, Paris),1 was probably based on the Liber plate, and so derives ultimately from the same study. See also the following page, folio 16 recto (D01262; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 12).
It is possible that Turner observed the rainstorm in the distance and painted it on the spot, though he very probably deferred adding colour to his drawing until he reached his lodgings.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.299–300 no.509, pl.511 (colour).
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.