With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner cursorily recorded several architectural details towards the top left-hand corner of this page. The curving voussoirs of an arch can be made out, and also the top half of an Ionic column. Inverted in relation to these drawings are a series of names, scattered across the left-hand side of the page. Though most of these are indecipherable or semi-decipherable, art historian Ian Warrell spotted the name ‘Tallien’ amongst them, referring to the Revolutionary agitator and politician, Jean-Lambert Tallien. This part of the volume includes several pages of drawings of Paris which Turner made with a view to a new illustrated edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, so these notes may have made with this venture in mind.1
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., vol.II, London 1908, pp.289–92 nos.530–40.