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With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with small studies of Orléans. Amongst the subject depicted, the Notre-Dame de Recouvrance and the Church of Saint-Aignan have been identified.1 This is one of a substantial number of sketches of the city and its environs in this volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently used these drawings as the basis for multiple colour studies and finished watercolours on blue paper with a view to engraved reproduction. These culminated in a printed illustration for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France);2 see Tate impression T04679.