As in so many of the studies of the lower Seine, this drawing focuses as much on the working life of the river as on a specific setting. The precise location depicted here has not previously been identified, partly because the details of what Turner depicts are somewhat at variance with reality. Though the church on the left if presumably intended to represent the Convent Ste-Barbe, just below the heights of Canteleu, it is not an accurate depiction of the building. Instead, Turner seems to have had recourse to one of his pen and ink sketches, in which he recorded the church at Louviers (no.27).
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