Turner views Durham castle and the city's cathedral from a bridge over the River Wear in this atmospheric watercolour. The corner parapet of the bridge at the right provides a sense of immediacy and scale to the scene. This highly finished work, based on earlier drawings of 1801, was produced to be engraved as an illustration in 'Picturesque Views in England and Wales' which was commissioned by the publisher Charles Heath. Turner took great care in supervising work on the engraver's plate, which resulted in one of the finest prints in the series. The publication, however, was not a commercial success.