The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. Turner had already made a watercolour of Grantham (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven)1 for Benjamin Howlett’s Select Views in the County of Lincoln, basing it on another artist’s drawing; see also the studies between folios 84 recto and 87 recto (D00990–D00993; Turner Bequest XXXIV 80–82). It was published on 1 March 1797 (no Tate impression). The spire is that of St Wulfram’s Parish Church, almost 300 feet (91 metres) high; the building in the centre of the range facing the viewer is the Angel Hotel. David Hill conjectures that Turner stayed there on his return journey from the north.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.325 no.232, reproduced.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.
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