With the page turned vertically, the main sketch, annotated with what may be an ‘S’ and a ‘4’, appears to be the upright, left-hand profile of a classical column, with two even more summary profiles to its left. These are likely to relate to the preparations for Turner’s Royal Academy perspective lectures, beginning in January 1811, for which he made various more substantial architectural studies in this sketchbook (see the Introduction).
Disrupting the pencil drawing are lines of ink offsetting showing that the page was once opposite an ink inscription written with the book turned horizontally. Finberg noted that ‘pp. 61–73’, i.e. folios 61recto–73 verso (D08038–D08057), ‘were all loose and in different bundles. Their sequence is therefore conjectural’.1 There is now no corresponding page elsewhere in the sketchbook from which this offsetting could have come, and the inscription is presumably lost. It was probably a further page of notes from the same source as those written in ink on the verso of the present leaf (D08045).
Finberg 1909, I, p.312.