Turner worked gouache and watercolour paints onto this sheet of blue paper to depict an urban scene with an arch in the foreground. The broad brush-work here renders the subject rather generic although Art historian Ian Warrell has ventured that the scene may represent the gateway at Troyes, located to the south-east of Paris on the River Seine. Certainly, Turner took an interest in this town around this time as he looked for material for the upcoming Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France).1 For the finished watercolour of this location, see Tate D24691 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 126).
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92.
The verso of the sheet is catalogued separately under the entry for Tate D40067.