These sketches show Saxon Switzerland. The uppermost drawings depict Schandau (now Bad Schandau), and Schandau again, with the Lilienstein Mountain in the distance. Turner has inscribed the notes ‘Gaspard’ and ‘Shandau’ at centre right. ‘Gaspard’ refers to the French seventeenth-century landscape painter Gaspard Dughet (1615–75).
The other sketches are rendered with the book turned upside down and show Lilienstein and Königstein Mountains. They continued onto the folio opposite (Tate D30962; Turner Bequest CCCVI 40).
For more sketches of Schandau see Tate D30948–D30970; Turner Bequest CCCVI 33–44.