With the page turned horizontally both ways, there are three sketches of two distinct subjects here. As identified by Cecilia Powell,1 along the gutter and inverted at the top left are two similar views east across Coburg and the surrounding countryside, towards the Veste Coburg fortress on its mound north-east of the town. Schloss Ernsthöhe (later known as Schloss Hohenfels; see under the recto, D31320) may be indicated in the left foreground of both. Later developments make the exact viewpoints uncertain; for the numerous Coburg views in this sketchbook, see under folio 1 verso (D31278).2
Above the larger Coburg view is a study of wooded slopes, with the retaining wall of the garden terrace at Schloss Rosenau,3 about four miles to the north-east, featuring its array of urns and the small tower at its north-western end. Compare the top right of the full-page view of the castle and its setting from the north on folio 22 recto (D31318), under which other sketches in this book and related works are discussed.
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