Gray wash with pen and brown ink and graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper prepared with yellow wash
Sheet: 6 3/8 x 9 7/8 inches (16.2 x 25.1 cm)
Inscribed on verso in pen and brown ink, lower left: "Sale 6 May 1802"; in pen and brown ink on accompanying sheet: "Landscape often appears to great advantage, set off | by [the] body of [trees] through which it is seen. They put it in a kind of frame-work, when they do not inter- | fere with [the] principle objects, of wh. [the] landscape | consists. Here they do not. You have a distinct visa | of [the] whole. __ This sketch represents two opposing hills | in the second distance; one of which is crowned with | a large castle. Between these two hills appears a woody bottom, with the distant [...] of a moun- | tain beyond it."
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection