In the distance, on the horizon, de Wint has depicted the two towers over the West Front of Lincoln Cathedral, the great central tower and one of the windmills which lined the top of the Lincoln Cliff. In the middle distance is the low lying land to the west of the Cliff, which was undrained and unenclosed at this date. In the foreground de Wint has drawn a clump of the reeds Phragmites, which were common in the Lincolnshire wetlands.
According to an old label attached to the backboard, the present watercolour was inscribed on the artist's label 'No 5 Stacking Barley P De Wint 10 Percy Street'. De Wint lived at Percy Street from 1810 until 1827.
De Wint also exhibited watercolours entitled Stacking Barley at the Old Water-colour Society in 1839, no. 355 and 1849, no. 23.
We are grateful to John Ellis for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.