Towards the end of the 18th century, a Spanish scientific expedition arrived in Peru with the corvettes Descubierta and Atrevida, also known as the Malaspina expedition (1789-1791), due to the name of one of the captains in command, Alejandro Malaspina. His goal was to tour the then American and Asian possessions of the Spanish crown. This expedition was joined by Fernando Brambila, an Italian painter, to paint the views of the ports and cities on his journey. Later, he dedicated himself to engraving these images on sheets for reproduction using the etching and aquatint technique.
The image presented is one of the three views of the surroundings of Lima that Brambila made.