The exact location of this scene of peasant life is unknown although the headdresses of the women are characteristic of Northern France. Turner specialist Ian Warrell has connected it to the informal sketches which the artist made of the humble dwellings around Saumur during his tour of the Loire Valley in the autumn of 1826 although he also notes a relationship to a sketch in the Dieppe, Rouen and Paris sketchbook of 1821; see entry for Tate D24546 (Turner Bequest CCLVIII 24a).1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.113, 209 note 133.
Inscribed in pencil with the notes ‘2 b’ and ‘CCLIX 190’ in the centre of the sheet. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLIX 190’ in the centre of the sheet.