This is one of over thirty similar compositions by Wilson, traditionally said to show a view
on the river Arno in Italy. Wilson and his pupils habitually repeated favourite compositions such as this; Wilson apparently referred
to them as 'good breeders'.
This painting may, however, simply show
a summer evening rather than a specific place. Wilson's aim seems to have been
to combine two opposing landscape types: the Sublime rocks to the right, and the peaceful beauty of the river landscape
to the left. The sensitive treatment of light gives the picture an overwhelming sense