For comparable contemporary views in the East Indies, see the series of pictures, including views of 'Cannamore on the Malabar Coast, India' and 'Raiebagh in Visaiper', thought to have come from the Conference Room of the East India House, Amsterdam, in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (for which see All the Paintings in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 1976, p.664, nos. A44-71).
Suvali [Swally] was constructed by the British as a convenient port for trading with nearby Surat. Navigable at low tide and protected from sudden squalls and military attacks, it was favoured over those at Surat (also used by the French and Portuguese) and those at the mouth of the river Tapti. The British controlled use of the port and would have levied duty from visiting Dutch traders.