Turner’s tours of Britain in the 1790s led him to explore the pictorial potential of
a wide variety of themes. This was based on sketches Turner made on his tour of South Wales in 1795. Modern industry, in the form of a lime kiln in the foreground, is set against ancient heritage, represented in the silhouetted ruins of Llanstephan Castle. This was a device Turner used in many of his views, presenting a vision of Britain as a place at once historic and modern.
Gallery label, September 2004