One reason for Turner's 1797 journey appears to have been to gather material to illustrate Bartholomew Howlett's Select Views in the County of Lincoln, in which this view of Sleaford subsequently appeared. The watercolour it is based on is now in the collection of the Rhode Island School of Design in America. As a result of his 1797 visit to Lincolnshire, Turner received commissions for two small watercolours of the churches at Boston and Louth. Neither of these were completed, but he later utilised the compositions for his series of Picturesque Views in England and Wales (nos.78 and 86-7).
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