Cauldron Snout is a staircase of falls culminating in one larger fall situated on the upper reaches of the River Tees in relatively remote country a little more than four miles west of High Force. This sketch is taken from a viewpoint about half-way down the left bank of the falls. Turner sketched his first impression of a very similar aspect in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11198; Turner Bequest CXLV 98a), and together these sketches formed the basis of a studio watercolour of Chain Bridge over the Tees (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester)1 painted about 1825 and engraved by W. R. Smith in 1838 for Turner’s series of Picturesque View in England and Wales. The present writer has dated Turner’s sketches at Cauldron Snout to Saturday 3 August 1816.
Wilton 1979, pp.402–3 no.878.