Cuckold's Point marks a sharp bend on the Thames near the church of St Mary, Rotherhithe. The unusual name came from the post surmounted by a pair of horns, shown by the steps on the right. Horns indicated a cuckold: a man whose wife had cheated on him.
This view and its pair, A Sunset, with a View of Nine Elms, were designed to complement each other by showing river vistas looking west and east. They also show contrasting times of day: Cuckold's Point is seen in a silvery morning light and Nine Elms in an evening glow.