This view links strongly to the scene drawn carefully in no.57 (showcase), although Turner has here shifted the castle and town to the left. The small, pointed area of red on the left perhaps summarily indicates the low spire of Rochester cathedral. The lighting of the moon down its right-hand side indicates a sunset timing, while the fishbone-like diagonal strokes of light above the bridge presumably indicate clouds catching the final rays of the sun.
Gallery label, August 2004
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