Turner’s focus is the Chinese Fishing Temple (now gone), seen to the north from the opposite shore of Virginia Water, with Johnson’s Pond receding to its right. This is one among several adjacent head-on 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, omitting the outer quarters of the view recorded here. Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the foreground is very briefly continued to the right on folio 77 verso opposite (D22121; CCXXXVIII 75a).
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.