A poet himself, albeit of somewhat dubious talent, Turner responded well
to commissions for illustrations of verse, such as the poetical works of Thomas Campbell. In this small vignette Turner portrays Camp Hill near Hastings,
on the night before the famous battle
in 1066. This early proof bears Turner's (almost illegible) handwritten pencil
notes instructing the engraver Edward Goodall. Turner warns that the foreground shadows are too strong and he indicates that the rays of the moon should become more pointed and starlike.