With their dresses drawn up to their knees, these children and older girls or women appear to be paddling on a beach (see the Introduction for other examples of such recreational scenes). One seems to be wearing a bonnet with a long feather like that in Tate D24798 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 233).
As discussed in the Introduction, this is one of the subjects of figures by the sea which Ian Warrell tentatively suggested as linked to Brighton around 1827, while noting that they could equally well show scenes in England or France on other occasions.1
See Warrell 1989, pp.120, 123 note 114.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘232’ top left; inscribed in pencil ‘D.24797’ bottom left. There is a border of white paper or tape, indicating that the sheet was formerly mounted.