Although twice as large as the drawings in the Bristol and Malmesbury sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest VI), this is similar in style to Tate D00109 and D00114 (Turner Bequest VII B and G), and was perhaps intended as one of the ‘12 views on the River Avon’ (see introduction to the Bristol and Malmesbury book). In any case, Turner used it, like Tate D00110 (Turner Bequest VII C), in the execution of the finished watercolour of Malmesbury exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1792 (436), now in Norwich Castle Museum.1
See also the verso (D40031), where Turner has inscribed the subject’s title.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.303 no.25, reproduced.