The range of images that Constable drew and painted in the Lake District shows his response to the landscape and to the rich variety of scenery, and suggests that he did not just paint what was readily available, but engaged in a voyage of discovery. In his biography of Constable, Andrew Shirley noted:
My belief is that at this task Constable developed a natural perception of the structure of the earth, and, with a foretaste of his later passion for geology, began to anatomize landscape much as he was studying the science of the skies. In fact, he had built up a much larger store of knowledge in that wet autumn than he knew (Shirley 1949, p. 72).
Shirley suggested that in these works Constable was interested in conveying the underlying structure of the natural forms – an interest that would continue in his later work.
Constable made another drawing in this area, which is dated 19 September (R 06.197).