Turner was renowned for relentlessly painting industrial scenes and mill scenes. This painting is no exception to the rule and is in fact a prime example of this area of his practice. This painting is of Knott Mill which is still standing and forms part of Deansgate (once Knott Mill) station. A couple of Turner's distinctively shaped people can be seen disappearing into the distance which draws the eye through the work inviting the viewer to look to the background where distant chimney's can be seen smoking away. Although this is an heavy industrial scene the work is not oppressive, on the contrary it is full of optimism. This demonstrates Turner's love for the city centre.