This drawing was not recorded by Finberg in his Turner Bequest Inventory. Turner worked a pencil sketch onto this sheet of blue paper to depict the architecture around the village of Petit Andelys in Normandy. While the ruins of the village’s twelfth-century hilltop fortifications loom over the scene in the top half of the sheet, the more modest buildings of the main settlement huddle in the foreground some one hundred metres below. Sketches of this village on the banks of the Seine recur frequently in the Seine and Paris sketchbook; for a list of these drawings, see the main entry for Tate D23982 (Turner Bequest CCLIV 51a). For the finished watercolours of the castle in the Turner Bequest which 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.
The verso of this sheet is catalogued under Tate D25009 (Turner Bequest CCLXI 37).