James Miller probably based this drawing on a smaller pencil sketch (on page 25 of the same volume) that shows an almost identical view of the weaver’s cottage without the figures. His watercolour was later reproduced as an illustration to Thomas Pennant’s Tour in Scotland and Voyage to the Hebrides (1774). Like his brother John Frederick, James followed the profession of their father, the German engraver Johann Sebastian Müller (1715-1792). His works, mainly views of London, were exhibited at the Society of Artist and the Royal Academy in the 1770s and 1780s. Before joining the expedition to Iceland, he had been employed by Banks as one of the botanical draughtsmen involved in the production of his Florilegium.