The view of the cathedral obtained from College Green, in which Turner has contrived to include the very tall mid-fifteenth-century tower (69 metres or 225 feet). He evidently had no time to make more detailed drawings of this important building, which surprisingly does not feature elsewhere in his output, though a plate from the so-called ‘Little Liber Studiorum’, mezzotinted by Turner himself in the 1820s, has been thought, probably erroneously, to show the tower of the cathedral at a distance (see the entry for Tate D25430; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 307).1
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.390 no.778, reproduced.