The identification of the subject is due to the late British Museum curator Edward Croft-Murray. It has not proved possible to confirm this suggestion, but it seems plausible. Although Edward Lascelles, of Harewood in Yorkshire (see the ‘North of England 1797–1801’ section of this catalogue), apparently commissioned a watercolour of the subject (see the inscription on the verso), no finished work survives.
There are paint smears from folio 52 recto (D01349; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 95) along lower the edge of the drawing.
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Honble Mr Lacelles’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.