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With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with views of the scenery around Blois. The upper half of the page features the cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and the Pont Jacques-Gabriel. The scene below has been located to the area to the east of the city.1 This is one of a substantial number of pages featuring sketches of Blois and its environs, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently returned to these drawings as part of a search for subjects for engraved reproduction. This culminated in two printed illustrations for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France);2 see Tate impressions T04681, T04682.