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The figure sketching by the riverside is recognizably taken from the Louvre self-portrait of the renowned French painter Nicholas Poussin. Turner greatly admired Poussin's art and, therefore, inserted his figure into his watercolor of the village of Les Andelys nestled beneath the ruined fortress of Château Gaillard where Poussin had been born in 1594.
Turner's watercolor was one of a long series tracing the length of the Seine from Paris to its mouth at Le Havre. Many of these watercolors on blue paper were engraved and published to form a picturesque tour of the river for the English armchair tourist.