With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with small views of gardens and palace of Versailles, located some twelve miles south-west of central Paris. The main palace is seen stretching along the horizon in the central drawing, with the roof of the Chapelle Royale rising above. Turner made numerous sketches of the royal edifice 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.