With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view taken within the town of Gisors, located some twenty-five miles east of the Seine as it flows past Les Andelys. The left-hand side of the page is dominated by the Gothic and Renaissance Church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais, with its grand tower rising to the top left-hand corner of the page and its unusually bulky east end running the length of the street. The strong perspective is terminated by the medieval castle’s Tour du Prisonnier, a short distance north of this spot.
Gisors and its ancient architecture are the subject of particular study in this sketchbook. For a list of associated sketches in the volume, see the entry for folio 41 verso (D23962; Turner Bequest CCLIV 41a). For a slightly later watercolour study of the town’s landmarks in the Turner Bequest, see Tate D20265 (Turner Bequest CCXXII F).