Made with the page turned vertically, this drawing continues a series of several similar studies in this portion of the sketchbook which seem to be studies made at St Margaret’s Bay, near Dover. These can be found on consecutive pages between folio 64 recto and folio 66 verso, and on the present leaf (D17314–D17315, D17317–D17319). St Margaret’s seems also to feature on folios 35 verso and 69 recto (D17267 and D17324).
In the present sketch, Turner describes jagged coastal cliffs viewed from below. Several chaotic, fluid lines at the base of the sheets of rock seem to denote waves lapping against the shore. The harsh shapes and absence of any view of land beyond the cliff formation particularly link this sketch with a drawing on the facing page, folio 64 verso (D17315) and another made two pages previously on folio 64 recto (D17314).