This, and the painting hung on the oppsoite wall, comes from a group of eighteen small sketches of the Thames which Turner painted on mahogany veneer. It is thought that they were probably completed out of doors, perhaps painted on a small boat. They are the closest Turner came to what Constable described as 'natural painture'. However, there is a notable difference between the two artists. Whereas Constable is concerned with making direct, even random, observations
of nature, Turner shows a greater interest
in the overall composition.