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With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a study of the lost Palais des Tuileries with the Napoleonic Arc du Carrousel immediately before it. The existence of this sketch and a subsequent colour study (Tate D24752; Turner Bequest CCLIX 187) suggests that Turner considered the subject as an illustration for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France) or the new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36) although the monument did not make it into either publication in the event.1
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, . vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92, 288–92 nos.525–39.