This landscape was commissioned by Edward Trafford of Wroxham Hall with whom Sandys was staying. Breydon Water lies at the entrance to the Norfolk Broads, near Norwich, where Sandys grew up.
The panorama was inspired by the flat landscapes of Dutch 17th-century art, but it has been up-dated. The width of the composition further exaggerates this flatness and channel markers calibrate distance like a ruler. Sails and windmills can be seen, while the town of Yarmouth is silhouetted on the horizon, with the church of St Nicholas and Nelson’s Column just visible.