This is one of a large number of sketches on loose sheets of paper depicting coastal terrain and seagoing vessels in various combinations. For the grouping and dating of these works to the middle and later periods of Turner’s career, see the section introduction.
The sheet has been removed from a sketchbook.
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin with the note ‘319’. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest number ‘CCCXLIV 319’.