This is McCulloch's largest known painting. The scene is probably imaginary, intended to evoke the magnificence of nature, rather than record a specific place. The picture, which has been dated to the 1830s or early 1840s, resembles the broadly painted, although much smaller, romantic views of the Reverend John Thomson of Duddingston. An inscription on the frame of this painting indicates that this landscape was one of a group of paintings commissioned by James Lumsden, Lord Provost of Glasgow, for a public hall in the city. The picture was later incorporated into the interior design of the concert hall of the Glasgow Athenaeum.