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This page contains three variant sketches of the same group of buildings, tentatively identified as the Château of Saint-Bernard on the River Saône. This thirteenth-century castle lies on a bend in the river near the village of Saint-Bernard, a couple of miles west of Trévoux, see folio 39 (D14052).
Turner travelled along the River Saône by boat between Chalon-sur-Saône and Lyon. The sailing vessel visible on the left-hand side of the upper vista may represent a coche d’eau or water diligence, a public form of transport which constituted an alternative to journeying by road in this part of France. These boats usually had a covered area for passengers to sit beneath. See also folio 43 (D14057).