The present work depicts the mouth of the Göksu stream, formerly known as Guiuk-Suey, on the Asian shores of the Bosphorus some seven miles north of the Golden Horn. In the distance, silhouetted against the horizon, are the domes and minarets of Constantinople, while to the left is the freshwater stream of Göksu itself and, behind the viewer, lies the Anadolu Hisari (Castle of Asia).
The verdant meadow between the Göksu and the Küçüksu streams provided a popular and fashionable resort for the people of Constantinople to relax and socialise, shaded by the trees and refreshed by the fresh water from the fountains. The presence of the Küçüksu Palace nearby, a summer residence of the Ottoman sultans, also explains the glamour of the area.
The Sweet Waters of Asia, as the pleasure ground came to be known, gave Western visitors an excellent opportunity to observe Ottoman life, and depictions of the area frequently appear in nineteenth century literature, art, and photography (see fig. 1). With wealthy ladies in their yashmak veils in the centre right, stall traders displaying their wares, and ferrymen and their passengers on the Göksu, Corrodi presents a particularly harmonious and peaceful vision of Ottoman life away from the turmoil of the capital.