With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the left-hand side of this page with cursory drawings of the riverside landscape around the Château de Saint-Cloud, some seven miles west of central Paris. This location is given away by the description of the ornamental Lanterne de Démosthène towards the top of the page, a Napoleonic folly erected within the palace pleasure grounds.1 For the watercolour of the Lanterne which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24697 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 132). This led to an engraving in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate T05619. A list of pages in the present volume featuring Saint-Cloud is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.55, 223–28.