Many of Turner's patrons were
colourful characters. One such figure
was Jack Fuller of Rosehill Park, a Sussex landowner and MP with a family fortune created through iron. As well as being a founding member of the Royal Institution, Fuller is remembered for his eccentric building projects, which earned him
the title 'Mad Jack'.
Fuller commissioned Turner to produce
a number of watercolours to be engraved for a publication, Views in Sussex. The view across Crowhurst Park was an obvious choice, being the country residence of the Pelham family,
Fuller's close neighbours.