Cley Windmill is a watercolour painting of the 19th Century North Norfolk Windmill which has become an icon of the area. Cley Windmill is used on many different products such as mugs, greetings cards, keyrings, etc as a symbol for Norfolk in the same way that Big Ben might be used as a symbol for London. It is a very important landmark.
This watercolour painting depicts Cley Windmill alongside the River Glaven which runs by it. This river, which runs all the way to the sea, is one of the reasons that Cley is so important. It used to be wide enough to accommodate large ships and the town of Cley was one of the principal ports of East Anglia, exporting large quantities of grain amongst other things. Small boats still use the river and that is what is shown in the foreground of the painting. One of the boats has a tall mast which leads the eye towards the windmill. There is a smattering of bright red poppies growing on the bank. Overall the painting has a translucent, luminous quality so typical of the medium.