Not on display
The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a castle on a hill overlooking a town nestled in a valley below. Turner indicates details of the castle buildings; with rougher, bolder strokes conveys the rooftops of the town; and merely hints at the church tower at far left. Finberg noted the subject simply as a ‘Ruined castle’,1 but the location of Lillebonne has been confirmed.2
The shapes of the castle buildings and church tower depicted render them identifiable as Lillebonne castle and the Church of Notre-Dame, Lillebonne. (For information on the castle, see under folio 29 recto, D23754; and for the church, under folio 28 recto; D23752.) This is the first in a series of similar sketches (folios 39 recto and verso, and 40 recto; D23774–D23776) showing Turner gradually approaching the castle and the church gaining prominence in the scene.
There is a dark brown smudge on the left edge of the page.