This is one of the earliest oil paintings of Penang. It was made by Colonel Robert Smith around the time he was superintending engineer and executive officer of Penang in 1814–15 and 1817–19, at the time when the British organised a colony at Singapore. This painting is one of ten views made by Smith, who commissioned prints after them from William Daniell in 1821.The idyllic image of the island of Penang shows George Town below along the sea. At the right, flags fly from Mount Erskine, which was the principal signalling station for the channel. Robert Smith was a sophisticated landscape painter adept at capturing weather, light, and the sweep of a scene.