With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a riverside view with dark, cloud-like foliage and a long, arched bridge. Turner’s handling here is too cursory for the identification of a definite location although neighbouring pages of the volume heavily feature the landscape around Saint-Cloud, some seven miles west of Paris, where the Seine is traversed by this kind of bridge.1 Loose marks resembling a classical urn and balustrade in the centre foreground may suggest that Turner was located in the waterside palace gardens at the Château de Saint-Cloud when he took this sketch. For comparisons, see examples of the watercolours of this area which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time; Tate D24688 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 123), D24689 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 124), and D24697 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 132).
A list of pages in the sketchbook featuring Saint-Cloud is provided in the entry for folio 17 verso (D23914; Turner Bequest CCLIV 17a).
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.55, 223–8.