Finberg presumably cites the Loan Collection number and title from the initial (1878?) version of the Oxford catalogue, not reprinted in full by Cook and Wedderburn, but quoted by them in this instance in a footnote.1 Ruskin’s suggestion that this represents Turner’s ‘Earliest try’ at painting surf leaves out of account the watercolours Turner executed in about 1792 following his visit to the South Welsh coast in 1791; see Tate D00391, D00392 and D00396 (Turner Bequest XXIII Q, R, V).
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
Cook and Wedderburn 1904, p.564 note 3; see also pp.560–1 note 4.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘739’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.