Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this view north across Virginia Water to the Chinese Fishing Temple (now gone) continues on folio 81 recto opposite (D22128; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 79), where the Five Arch Bridge is shown to the west.
This is one among several adjacent sketches which informed the second of two Virginia Water watercolours of about 1829 (untraced),1 engraved for The Keepsake in 1830 (Tate impressions: T04616, T04617, T06140); the watercolour has a tighter composition, showing only the Fishing Temple and Johnson’s Pond leading off to its right.
For other views around Virginia Water, see under folio 73 verso (D22113; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 71a).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.359 no.520.