Appointed artist to Flinders's Investigator on the recommendation of Sir Joseph Banks, Westall produced drawings for the Admiralty on Flinders's historic first circumnavigation of Australia in 1801-1803. The Investigator reached Arnhem Land in early 1803 and the present drawing compares closely to his view of the north-east coast numbered '69' in the collection of the Library of the Royal Commonwealth Society (T.M. Perry and D.H. Simpson (eds.), Drawings by William Westall, Landscape artist on board H.M.S. 'Investigator' during the circumnavigation of Australia by Captain Matthew Flinders R.N. in 1801-1803, London, 1962, p. 55, no. 117 (illustrated).