The page was used horizontally for two very rough architectural diagrams relating to the Walhalla monument, then nearing completion at Donaustauf, near Regensburg. Its Greek temple-style Doric south portico is shown in elevation, with only sufficient articulation to note the eight (octastyle) outer columns supporting the pediment. Below is a fragmentary ground plan, limited to showing the position of the columns in relation to the walls of the enclosed hall’s south-western corner, with the double row (making sixteen in all) supporting the porch at that end as part of the peripteral temple layout (with open colonnades down the sides).1
This is the only Walhalla sketch Finberg recognised in this book, and as such he linked it to an ‘Oil painting of “Walhalla” exhibited R.A., 1843’,3 meaning the large picture of The Opening of the Wallhalla [sic], 1842 (Tate N00533),4 shown at the Royal Academy in 1843 and in Munich in 1845, where the building features as a relatively minor, distant element above the broad River Danube, informed by Turner’s various conventional sketches of the monument and its landscape setting from this tour (since he did not return for the ceremony); see under D31341 for further discussion.
Losses have been made good along the two shorter edges, corresponding to wear from the ribbon ties formerly anchored inside the back cover (D41401), this being the last free leaf.