The parish church of St Mary Magdalene is one of the largest and most impressive in the country; its steeple at 242 feet (74 metres) is one of the highest. The castle, dating from the eleventh century and rebuilt and enlarged throughout the Middle Ages, was slighted after the defeat of Charles I during the Civil War in the 1640s.
No finished work based on this drawing is known, but another drawing, showing the castle from a different, closer viewpoint is Tate D00700 (Turner Bequest XXVIII O), which served as the basis for a watercolour of about 1796 (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven).1 A watercolour of an old house in Newark with the church tower and steeple beyond, dating from about 1794–5, is in a private collection.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.318 no.168, reproduced.
The sheet is irregular, with the top edge sloping down to the right.
Blank; a slight blue paint blot; the sheet stained along two edges; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.