Turner first exhibited a view in the New Forest in 1826, an oil shown at the Royal Academy; the last exhibited view appears to be a watercolour shown at the Society of Painters in Water-colours in 1838 (see T. Wilcox and C. Titterington, William Turner of Oxford, Woodstock, 1984, cat. 58).
The present watercolour is most likely the work exhibited in 1834 as '376 A Heathy Scene near Minstead in the New Forest looking towards the Isle of Wight' sold to Leggatts for 8 gns and annotated by Turner in his copy of the exhibition catalogue (National Art Library) as 'good'. In 1831 and again in 1835, Turner exhibited views from Minstead towards Southampton, but 1834 is the only one with Minstead and the Isle of Wight in the titles.
The New Forest paintings shown at the Watercolour Society in 1827 and 1829 do not seem to have been very successful; but in 1830 a small watercolour entitled 'Scene in the New Forest' was bought by fellow artists John Frederick Lewis. After that he sold views of the area in 1831, 1832, 1834, 1835 and 1838.
We are grateful to Timothy Wilcox for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.