This study is a variation of the composition on the recto of the sheet (see Tate D27537; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 20). The subject is preliminary sketch for Corinth, from the Acropolis 1832 (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), a watercolour vignette which Turner produced as a frontispiece to volume X of Byron’s Life and Works (1832–3).1
Turner designed seventeen vignette illustrations for Byron’s Life and Works but this sheet appears to contain the only related studies in the Turner Bequest.
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, no.1224.