With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of the medieval town of Troyes, situated about one hundred miles south-east of Paris. The tower of the cathedral is featured in the upper right-hand quadrant of the page and the smaller tower of Saint-Nizier to the left of the scene. For the watercolour of this town which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24691 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 126). This led to an engraving in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate T04726. A list of pages in the present volume featuring Troyes is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.
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