The Mill Barbaste, Original
An original watercolour.
Barbaste lies on the River Gelise, where it joins the Baise, several miles south of Nerac.
It is spanned by an impressive medieval bridge which is guarded on its right bank by a powerful fortress which also functioned as a mill.
As with the bridge at Nerac, Sir William ignored the more picturesque aspects of this view and, doubtlessly to avail himself of a more shady spot,
he chose to paint what is in reality a somewhat uninteresting and drab accretion to the main building.
The castle was one of the fortified homes of King Henry IV of France.
Nerac is a commune in the Lot-et-Garonne department in south-western France.