This drawing comes from a group of designs by de Loutherbourg originally owned by Turner. Other drawings from this group are shown nearby. They all show Turner exploring the picturesque potential of the industrial landscapes of Shropshire and Wales. Such industrialised areas were popular with tourists. Travellers came to wonder at the achievements of modern industry, and enjoy the sublimity of the landscape.
The French-born de Loutherbourg came to London to work as a theatre designer. He was a successful and highly versatile artist, especially famous for his exploration of theatrical light effects.