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With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the upper left-hand quadrant of this page with a study of Saint-Denis, located some five miles north of central Paris. The basilica’s western face, with its north tower still intact, appears at the end of the nearby street. A second view of the church rising above surrounding rooftops runs down the right-hand edge of the page. Architectural ornaments have been drawn along the bottom edge of the page. This volume includes several studies of this edifice, a list of which is included in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolour of the subject which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24686 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 121). This led to an illustration in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impression T04715.