The decrepit boat house provides a strong architectural accent in this river scene. The tall vertical posts recall classical columns and it may be that studies of classical ruins influenced the choice of composition here. Before joining Monro's 'Academy' Turner had studied with the architectural draughtsman Thomas Malton who specialized in views of London. He also coloured drawings for the architect Thomas Hardwick. The fine pen lines and blue and grey washes which articulate the structure and shadow follow the conventional practice of Monro's students. These included the gifted artist Thomas Girtin for whom Turner had great respect.