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The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a view of the city of Rouen. Finberg identified this sketch as ‘View of Rouen’,1 and the location has been confirmed.2 The shore sweeps down into the foreground from the distance on the left. In the background, Turner depicts a multi-arched bridge (for further information on Rouen’s bridges see under folio 72 verso; D23841) spanning the river at right, and behind this and at left, high hills.
In the midground, on the left, he includes a boat on the water which art historian Ian Warrell describes as one of ‘shallow punts with gondola-like, enclosed seating areas, which seem to have been a feature of the river’.3
There is brownish discolouration on this page, the edge of the staining apparent on the upper right, from damage likely caused by the 1928 Tate Gallery flood (see the technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction).
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