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Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation is a scene described succinctly by Maurice Guillaud: ‘a bed (the bed of the inn?) with its pillow and curtains isolating it. A hat has been put (flung?) upside down.’1 The scene may evoke repose, the more energetic activities behind the bed curtains in the small sketchbooks of about a decade earlier (see the ‘Erotica and improvisations c.1834–6’ section of the present catalogue) or even, on this last of Turner’s Continental tours, a recollection of the disarray of a bedroom (pillows, hats and all) on his first, in the 1802 Swiss Figures book (Tate D04798; Turner Bequest LXXVIII 1).