With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a depiction of Montivilliers in Normandy as viewed from the north. This small town is situated about seven miles north-east from the port at Le Havre and is dominated by the Romanesque Church of Saint-Sauveur, the lantern tower and spire of which can be seen in the top left-hand quadrant of the page. The right-hand side of the scene is given over to a brief description of the town’s defences, with a large round tower in the foreground and a second tower rising up on a hill in the middle distance. These structures were also sketched from south on folio 95 recto opposite (D24069; Turner Bequest CCLIV 95). Turner’s interest in the picturesque potential of this town culminated in a gouache and watercolour sketch of around this date; Tate D24650 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 85). A list of pages in this volume featuring views of Montivilliers is provided in the entry for folio 96 recto (D24071; Turner Bequest CCLIV 96).