The subject of these two sketches remains unidentified, although they are likely to relate to Turner’s return journey through France from Italy in January 1820. The upper study depicts a cart or wagon with horses and people, situated outside a building, possibly a castle. The drawing spills over onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 102 (D16880; Turner Bequest CXCIII 101). The lower vista represents a view of a town with a castle on the hill to the left and a church with a pointed tower. The accompanying inscription is indecipherable. Possibly because of an annotation on the opposite page it has been suggested that the subject may be Conches-en-Ouche in Normandy.1 However, the artist’s route did not take him this far north-west of Paris.
Guillard, Alfrey and Wilton 1981, p.127.
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