With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a view of the gardens and palace at Versailles, located some twelve miles south-west of central Paris. On the right-hand side of the page a formal avenue leads towards the northern flank of the edifice, above which rises the outline of the Baroque royal chapel. Turner made numerous sketches of the palace in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. The existence of so many studies suggests that Turner considered Versailles as a subject for an illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36) although it was not included in the publication in the event.1
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92, 288–92 nos.525–39.