Turner scholar C.F. Bell considered this a composition rather than the topographical record of an actual view,1 an interpretation that seems correct. The extensive, and rather implausible, town or even city visible beyond the foreground hill suggests that the design is related to the curious views of Blois and Tours, apparently partly copied from prints (Tate D00673, D00674; Turner Bequest XXVII L, M).
C.F. Bell (died 1966), undated MS note in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.60.