Across this and the facing page on folio 14 verso (D17388) Turner makes a detailed sketch of a section of Chatham Dockyard on the River Medway. Ship building sheds are visible along the harbour at centre, and large vessels populate the water in the foreground. The sterns of three ships of the line are delineated with particular care in the middle of the page. The gallery windows are meticulously recorded in each case, as well as any decorative workmanship applied to the timber above. Further back, Turner conjures a forest of masts and patchwork of lightly hatched hulls. The distance comprises a slice of blank topography, elaborated with foliage at far left before the prospect crosses the gutter. At far left, the architecture of Chatham begins to make an appearance.
Turner makes a great number of studies at Chatham in this sketchbook. A comprehensive list can be found in the entry for folio 22 recto (D17402).
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