With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of town buildings including a church with a tower in the distance. Turner travelled extensively around the satellite settlements of Paris with this sketchbook and also up the River Marne to the east of the city, so this scene was probably captured in one of the towns in those regions. The catalogue for a 1983 exhibition of Turner’s works suggested Saint-Germain-en-Laye as the location of this scene although no further explanation was given.1
John Gage, Jerrold Ziff, Nicholas Alfrey and others, J.M.W. Turner, à l’occasion du cinquantième anniversaire du British Council, exhibition catalogue, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris 1983, p.40 note 30.