Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the square tower with pinnacles in the distance is that of Southwark Cathedral, above the Thames beyond and upstream of London Bridge, seen from the north-east. The view continues a little way onto folio 35 recto opposite (D08338). There is a series of similar views in the later Old London Bridge sketchbook (Tate D17845, D17846, D17847, D17851, D17872, D17873, D17875, D17908; Turner Bequest CCV 6a–7, 7a, 9a, 20, 20a, 21a, 42a).
The roofline to the right has not been identified, but would be in the vicinity of the Custom House if shown in accurate juxtaposition with the other structures. There are various other identified and likely subjects along the River Thames in this sketchbook, as discussed in the Introduction.