In the summer of 1794, Turner made
an extensive tour of the Midlands and North Wales. His early training as an architectural draughtsman stood him
in good stead when recording views
of prominent buildings and landmarks.
This study shows two of the three distinctive spires of Lichfield cathedral.
It would have been executed at least partially on the spot. The
and details were followed extremely closely in the completed he made from this . Turner was able to plan compositions for finished works, even as he sketched in the field.
Gallery label, September 2004