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This work is similar in composition to a painting by W J J C Bond in the collections of the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, which is mistakenly entitled Near Norwich, Norfolk. The slightly wider view of the Williamson’s painting includes a tower surmounted by a spire, which could be taken to be that of Norwich Cathedral. However, it actually shows twelfth-century St Nicholas Minster, Great Yarmouth, the largest parish church in England, which lost its wood-framed spire during the blitz of 24 June 1942. The main architectural feature of both compositions is the fourteenth-century northwest tower of Great Yarmouth’s old town walls. Most famously drawn and etched by John Sell Cotman in 1818, the tower was also the subject of a watercolour by Bond entitled North Tower, Gt Yarmouth (which appeared at auction in London in 2016). The tower still stands, though, since the demolition of the adjacent section of wall in 1902, it is more isolated than it once was.