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Ian Warrell has established that the view is of Blois, and concludes that this sheet, like a similar view of Tours (Tate D00673; Turner Bequest XXVII L), was executed at the behest of Dr Monro from a print in his possession. As in the Tours composition, the foreground appears to have been added from Turner’s imagination; Warrell notes the English flavour of the perfunctorily drawn vernacular buildings in the left foreground. The fact that he took these apparent liberties with the original may indicate that he was not working under Monro, who seems to have expected fairly literal transcriptions of the subjects he set. See also Tate D00724 (Turner Bequest XXIX S).
Blank; some blue paint trials; not stamped.