With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with the panoramic north-westerly view of the Seine as seen from the high hills around Château Gaillard, Normandy. The ruins of the medieval castle are picked out against the river towards the left-hand edge of the page, while the needle-like spire of the Church of Saint-Sauveur at Petit Andely can be glimpsed some one hundred metres below on the right.
Of all the Seine valley sights, Château Gaillard and the local villages of Les Andelys were the subject of particular study in this sketchbook. For a list of associated sketches in the volume, see the entry for folio 51 verso (D23982; Turner Bequest CCLIV 51a). For the watercolours of this landmark in the Turner Bequest that the artist worked up with a view to engraved reproduction, see Tate D24678 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 113) and D24692 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 127). These culminated in two engravings in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impressions T04708 and T04709.