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With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled with page with a view taken at an indeterminate location. However, the regular rows of pencil strokes in the foreground are reminiscent of the planting in a parterre. Turner sketched many palace gardens around Paris and the Île-de-France in this volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction for comparison. The catalogue for a 1983 exhibition of Turner’s works suggested the palace of Saint-Germain-en-Laye as the location of this scene although no further explanation was given.1
John Gage, Jerrold Ziff, Nicholas Alfrey and others, J.M.W. Turner, à l’occasion du cinquantième anniversaire du British Council, exhibition catalogue, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris 1983, p.40 note 30.