With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled its inside back cover with these studies of Rambouillet, located some thirty miles south-west of Paris. The round corner towers of the chateau with their conical roofs are featured just to the right of centre of the cover. Turner made several sketches of this site in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.
The name and address of the stationer who supplied this sketchbook is pasted into the top right-hand corner of this cover. It reads: ‘COLLARD, | Md. Papetier, | Rue neuve des Petits-Champs, no.69’. Art historian Ian Warrell has located this lost street to Paris’s right bank, west of the Palais Royale.1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.49.