'Walmgate Bar, York' signed 'Louise Rayner' (lower left), also bears title and date 1888 on frame watercolour 18 x 28cm (7 1/16 x 11in).
Louise Rayner has depicted the 12th century gate and 14th century barbican of Walmgate Bar. These remain largely unchanged now. The barbican is the only medieval barbican on a town wall in England which remains standing.
The area of housing and roofs depicted within the walls on Walmgate has now been cleared and largely replaced with housing developments of the 1960s. The houses outside the walls on Lawrence Street have been either demolished and rebuilt or extensively renovated and remodelled.