Salisbury is famous as a favourite haunt
of Turner's contemporary, John Constable. However, Turner also completed a number of views in and around the city. His taste
for picturesque subjects often led him to seek out examples of vernacular, rustic architecture as well as the grand landmarks such as cathedrals and castles.
The building in this unfinished watercolour
is Harnham Mill, which dates from the fifteenth century. It still stands today,
a short walk from Salisbury cathedral, though it is now a hotel and restaurant.
It is clearly identifiable by the distinctive chequered stonework on the exterior
of the ground floor.