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Turner based this depiction of a riverside settlement picked out against a dark sky on a pencil sketch he made in the Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbook of 1826; see entry for Tate D23195 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 23a). Turner specialist Ian Warrell has suggested that the subject is Béhuard, situated on an island in the River Loire.1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.113, 209 note 133.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘31’ in the top left-hand corner.