The watercolour has faded badly, so that the greys and blues in the sky have all but disappeared, whilst the greens of the vegetation have changed to various earth tones, with the result that much of the underlying pencil work shows up prominently, and the drawing has a more sketchy appearance than was no doubt originally the case. The latter feature, combined with the limited palette employed by the artist, might suggest a sketch coloured on the spot. However, I suspect that, as with so many of the sketch-like works that Girtin painted in his last years, this one was produced in the studio to meet the demand from an art market that prized the less formal side of his output.
1791 - 1792
Tintern Abbey, from the River Wye
1795 - 1796
A Distant View of Marlow, from the River Thames