A seaport is bathed in early sunlight. A boat is being loaded; travellers are sitting on the shore, waiting. The location is fictive. The building on the right, which is reminiscent of the Arch of Titus in Rome, localises the scene in antiquity. Together with ‘Idyllic Landscape at Sunset’ this work is one of three landscapes that Claude Lorrain was commissioned to paint by the Bavarian Privy Councillor Franz von Mayer. The artist has replicated a composition from 1634 (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg).