This is the first in a series of nine sketches of Rhymer’s Glen on the Abbotsford Estate near Melrose that Turner made in 1834: see also folios 50–51 verso (D26192–D26195). The present rough but lively sketch looks between trees and bushes into the clearing of the glen, where the trees and shrubs are reflected in the stream below. A similar view on folio 50 verso (D26193) formed the basis of a vignette illustration to Sir Walter Scott’s Prose Works: Rhymer’s Glen, Abbotsford, circa 1834 (watercolour, National Gallery of Scotland).1
There are pale brown stains at the left of the top edge of this page and at the left.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.432 no.1119.