Made with the page turned vertically, there are three similar views here. The top one shows Coventry’s three spires (St Michael’s and Holy Trinity with Christchurch beyond from left to right) aligned to indicate a view from the north, from an area now much changed. Only one spire is shown clearly in the two drawings below. The bridge on the right of the middle sketch is possibly that carrying New Buildings over the River Sherbourne, long since covered over, as also seen on folio 13 verso (D22344). The viewpoints are near Swanswell Pool, apparently noted by Turner as ‘Swansell’, in the vicinity of the complex of slip-roads joining the Whitefriars section of the Ringway flyover.3 The spires remain visible from the lake.4
Shanes 1979, p.156.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.399 no.849, reproduced.
See successive historical street maps, [Rob Orland], Historic Coventry, accessed 1 July 2013, http://www
.historiccoventry. .co .uk /covmaps /allmaps .php
See ‘Swanswell Pool’, Orland 2013, accessed 2 July 2013, http://www
.historiccoventry. .co .uk /nowandthen /swanswell -pool .php