With the page turned horizontally, the view is north-west from Mount Batten across the Cattewater to the Citadel and the waterfront houses of Plymouth’s Barbican, with the tower of St Andrew’s Church and the spire of the Charles Church beyond. The view remains recognisable from the car park at this point today.
There is an earlier drawing of the Citadel and St Andrew’s tower from further east in the Ivy Bridge to Penzance sketchbook (Tate D08869; Turner Bequest CXXV 4). The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) of the present sketchbook are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.
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