With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with studies of the hillside Père-Lachaise Cemetery some two miles east of central Paris. 1 Special attention has been paid on the left-hand side of the page to the neoclassical tombs typical of this relatively recent foundation. The owners of these mausoleums are noted by Turner in a semi-decipherable hand at the bottom of the page. The many studies of Père-Lachaise in this sketchbook culminated in an engraved illustration for a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36); see Tate impression T04744.
A list of pages in the sketchbook featuring Père-Lachaise is provided in the entry for folio 24 verso (D23928; Turner Bequest 24a).
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.243.