As identified by Finberg, this prospect describes coastal cliffs and houses.1 At far right Turner makes a small sketch of a lighthouse. This is possibly the South Foreland lighthouse which overlooks chalk cliffs near Dover, a landmark explored throughout the present sketchbook. For a more detailed account of its history, and list of appearances in this book, see the entry for folio 8 recto (D17220).
A view of South Foreland lighthouse would position the present scene around St Margaret’s Bay, northeast of Dover. In any case, the landscape seems compressed, squashed to include the view in both directions. The bay and landscape around St Margaret’s at Cliffe occupies Turner on several occasions in the present sketchbook, specifically between folios 64 recto and 66 verso, and on folio 69 recto (D17314–D17319, D17324). It is also possibly explored in the Dieppe and Kent sketchbook of 1845 (Tate D35531; Turner Bequest CCCLXI 25a).
Finberg 1909, I, p.605.