This view of Bowes Castle was made from just across the River Greta, directly to the south. The castle stands at the top of a low hill and to its right is the Church of St Giles. In the left foreground the rapidly flowing water shows where Mill Force enters the Greta, and the mill is shown at the right. Turner’s next sketch on folio 31 (D25821) was made from just east of the mill and was used as the basis of his vignette illustration to volume 9 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works: Bowes Tower circa 1832 (watercolour, Bowes Museum).1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.429 no.1087.