With the Crimean War approaching Feodosia, Aivazovsky and his family left for Kharkov in September 1854: 'It was with a heavy heart that we had to leave our dear Crimea, leaving behind everything we own...', Aivazovsky wrote at the time to Khristofor Lazarev (Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, Moscow, 2016, p.328).
It is difficult to overstate the importance of the Crimea to both Aivazovsky’s life and work. Born in Feodosia, he eventually settled there permanently, far away from the artistic life of the capital and in his paintings he immortalised the peninsula's mountainous coastline. At the end of the war he returned to the region and spent the summer of 1856 on the sites of archaeological excavations near Feodosia painting numerous Crimean views, including On the Crimean Coast.
The present work is included in the numbered archive of the artist's work compiled by Gianni Caffiero and Ivan Samarine.