Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, and continued on folio 22 (D10370), this drawing served as the basis for the watercolour (National Museum of Wales, Cardiff)1 engraved by Edward Goodall in 1824 for Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England. The view is eastwards from the salt-marsh between Rye and Winchelsea. In the watercolour, Turner substantially changed the foreground, bringing in the Royal Military Road connecting the two towns, inventing a flood-surge overwhelming a wooden dam built to protect works to the Royal Military Canal and the River Brede and moving Camber Castle into view on the right.2 He also cut short the view on the left, to exclude the Martello Tower present in D10370. See also rather quicker sketches in the Richmond Hill; Hastings to Margate sketchbook (Tate D10515, D10516; Turner Bequest CXL 54a, 55).
Rye is marked on the sketch map of the South Coast inside the back cover of the sketchbook (D40834).