Drawn with the sketchbook inverted and continued on folio 34 (D10393) and to the right on folio 32 verso (D10390), this is Turner’s most detailed drawing of John Fuller’s house, Rosehill (now Brightling) Park. As well as his notes about the front door, Turner has sketched some further details of the architecture around the main drawing. The view shows the rather severe neo-classical additions to the earlier house made by Robert Smirke, 1810–12. As Finberg recognised, the drawing served as the basis for the watercolour Rosehill, Sussex (British Museum, London)1 made for Fuller about 1816. Described by Eric Shanes as an ‘unassuming architectural elevation’,2 this nevertheless complemented Turner’s earlier watercolour of the surrounding estate (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)3 and the oil painting showing the house in the far distance (private collection).4 Turner gave plenty of space to the gardens created for Fuller by Humphry Repton, taking his cue from the drawing where, in the continuation on D10393, he notes ‘Laurel’ and ‘Gravel Path’.
There is a splash or trial of pink wash at bottom right on this leaf and of blue on D10393, presumably made as Turner worked on his watercolour.