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Turner worked gouache and watercolour paints onto this sheet of blue paper to depict the eastern façade of the now-lost Palais des Tuileries on the right bank of the Seine. The Napoleonic Arc du Carrousel is featured towards the right-hand side of the scene while uniformed troops line up around its base. Art historian Ian Warrell has identified a drawing in the Paris and Environs sketchbook as the basis for this composition: see Tate D24486 (Turner Bequest CCLVII 162a).1 The existence of the present colour study 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.2
The centre of the sheet is inscribed in pencil with the note ‘90’.