This picturesque scene is of a type that would have appealed to Marlow's patrons. Although it is topographical in character the site has not been identified conclusively. Suggestions have ranged from a town and castle on the Rhone, to Castle Huy on the Meuse. The people and boats are reminiscent of those in Canaletto's views which Marlow had admired and copied. It is possible that the painting is a composite view, combining different landscapes.