With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of Brienne-le-Château, situated around one hundred miles east of Paris. The Church of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, with its eighteenth-century tower, appears to the left of the scene while the grand edifice of the eighteenth-century country house dominates the brow of the hill straight ahead. Napoleon studied the military academy close by so this site was of particular interest to the artist as he sought subjects to illustrate a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36). The town along with these buildings features in one of the volume’s engraved illustrations; see Tate impression T04969. A list of pages in the present volume featuring this subject is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.