With the page turned horizontally, across the centre is a general view of Bamberg,1 apparently from the north-east with the four spires of the cathedral on the left, the two spires of the Michaelsberg abbey at the centre, and the distant tower of the fortified Altenburg. For numerous other Bamberg views in this sketchbook, see under folio 19 recto (D31312), where the Altenburg is prominent in the foreground.2 The viewpoint of the main view and the precise subject of the presumably related but rougher urban skyline above are unclear.
The other way up at the outer edge is a prospect of Coburg. At right-angles to it at the bottom left is a thumbnail sketch looking up to the curtain wall round the south-western side of the Veste Coburg fortress, with the onion dome of its west tower; the main view was likely from a similar viewpoint, looking south-west over the park (now heavily wooded in places) to the town, with the spire of St Moriz’s Church towards the left; for other views of Coburg, see under folio 1 verso (D31278).3
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