With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a riverside view with wooded hills 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 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.
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