Turner spent the summer of 1805 sketching along the river Thames. This shows a spot on the banks at Shiplake, a village between Henley and Reading. Turner shows a barge passing through
the lock joining the River Loddon to the Thames, whilst another boat in the foreground waits to approach.
Like many sketches from this group,
this drawing shows that Turner devoted sufficient time to observe and record the site in some detail. The setting sun glimpsed in the background suggests that Turner stayed in Shiplake overnight.
Gallery label, September 2004