This sheet is one of a series of sketches associated with a tour of the Seine with a proposed dating of 1827–9. The studies are characterised by the use of pen and ink on blue paper; for more information see the Introduction to this section.
The art historian Ian Warrell identified this scene as a view of Gisors, a town situated on the Seine around forty miles northwest of Paris. The view taken in by the figures standing in the foreground is dominated by the eleventh-century Château de Gisors. Turner sketched Gisors with some frequency during his 1832 tour, as evidenced by studies in the Seine and Paris sketchbook (Tate D23954–D23966, D23971, D23983, D23986, D23987, D23987; Turner Bequest 37a–43a, CCLIV 46, 52, CCLIV 53a, CCLIV 54, CCLIV 74a). This sheet, however, was likely made rather earlier, between 1827 and 1829, when Turner made a further sketch of Gisors, also catalogued within this section and first identified by Warrell (Tate D24885; Turner Bequest CCLX 49).
Blank, save for inscriptions: inscribed in pencil ‘[?]688’ bottom right