View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
The viewpoint is north-east of the castle, looking upstream beyond the bend of the Tyne, where a weir is indicated, to the small village of Bywell. The tall tower of St Andrew’s Church in the centre, with the squatter one of St Peter’s Church on the left. The rough disk to the right of the castle is presumably the setting autumnal sun. A 1774 engraving of A View of Bywell Bay in Northumberland after William Bellers shows the same view, with the weir and various admiring onlookers (impression at the British Museum, London).
A short tear towards the bottom of the left-hand (inner) edge has been repaired.