With the page turned vertically, at the foot is a scene of yachts at sea with clouds above. At the top are two extremely rapid studies of similar craft. These swiftly rendered sail shapes are comparable with those in the oil Sketch for ‘East Cowes Castle, the Regatta Beating to Windward’ No.1, of 1827 (Tate N01995).1 For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.160 no.260, pl.265 (colour).