Like the other works grouped here, this relates to the arrival of Louis-Philippe, King of the French, at Portsmouth Harbour on 8 October 1844, as discussed in the Introductions to this subsection and the overall section.1 In this case the view appears to be eastwards from the Gosport side of the harbour, with the cupola of Portsmouth Cathedral probably indicated on the skyline towards the left; compare Tate D35899 (Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 57).2
There are small pencil studies towards the bottom right with brief, illegible annotations. They may show buildings and a carriage, and perhaps diagrams of flags. Whether they are connected to the Portsmouth subject or made incidentally on another occasion is unclear.
A roughly horizontal crease to the right from the centre coincides with the watercolour work there and was probably a manufacturing fault. Some of the colour has pooled slightly in the crease.
Blank; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram over ‘CCCLXIV – 48’ towards bottom right.