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 setting for this scene, enlivened by numerous figures and horses and cart in the foreground, is Marly on the Seine, with parts of the Marly Machine visible; the machine was built in 1684 to pump water from the Seine to the Palace of Versailles. For further information and a list of other studies of Marly catalogued within this section see D24837 (Turner Bequest CCLX 1).
As with other drawings in this grouping, Turner used a blue paper support as a mid-ground colour, with dark ink delineating the details of the scene and white gouache used for highlights.
The discolouration seen on the recto of this sheet is the result of light exposure.
This sheet has been laid down on heavy paper and it was not possible to examine the verso at the time of cataloguing.
- River Seine(364)