With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a study of the Palais du Louvre as seen from the left bank of the Seine as it flows through Paris. Particular attention has been paid to the recession of its long south frontage in perspective. Turner made several sketches of the riverside in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolours of the city’s quaysides which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24683–D24685 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 118–20). These culminated in several engravings 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 impressions T05621–T05623.
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