The river Clyde cascades over the rocks and the spray from the falls fills the air. This is the earliest of Turner's watercolours of the Falls of Clyde which he visited on a sketching tour to the North of England and Scotland in 1801. Here he has moved away from a purely topographical description of the scene to one which is more dramatic in both colouring and light effects. He joined two pieces of sketchbook paper to accommodate this dynamic view. There are related watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight.