With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with small seaside views. Art historian Ian Warrell has identified this and neighbouring sketches in the volume as depictions of the coastal hinterlands around Le Havre where the Seine debouches into the English Channel. Special attention has been paid to the particular curve of the coast, and to the way in which the jagged skyline of human settlement punctuates the horizon between sea and sky. As Warrell has noted, ‘La Lueur’ (French for ‘glimmer’) is inscribed at the bottom of the page, suggesting Turner’s intention to fix in his memory a particular effect of light on water. A list of pages in the sketchbook featuring Le Havre and Cap de la Hève is provided in the entry for folio 48 recto (D23975; Turner Bequest CCLIV 48).1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.50.