This is one of the group of sketches of Thameside scenes that Turner painted when he was about thirty, around 1805–6. They were painted very loosely over an unusual, pale ground, and were probably at least begun out-of-doors.
As well as being an artistic experiment, such pictures explore a patriotic imagery of the countryside. Here, as in Ploughing up Turnips (hanging on the wall to your left) Windsor Castle hovers inthe misty distance, a symbol of Britain’s royal heritage.
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Joseph Mallord William Turner (41,861)