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.
Small patches of watercolour. Pencil notes reading ‘42’, ‘AB 92 P | O’, ‘CCLXIII 42’. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLXIII – 42’.