Sandby never travelled to Ireland, so Irish views are rare in his work. The emphasis here is on the River Blackwater, with the house of Lord Grandison barely visible on the cliff at the extreme left. The drawing is worked up from a sketch supplied by an amateur, John Dawson (1744 - 1788). This was a common practice at the time. Dromana shows the influence of the great 17th century French painter, Claude Lorraine. Claude's landscapes provided the essential model for the evolution of the landscape genre until the 19th century. He formulated an idealised classical landscape dominated by order in which man coexists harmoniously with nature.