This view of Hendaye is one of 64 images of French ports that Garneray published between 1823 and 1832 with text by Victor Joseph Étienne de Jouy (1764–1846). The artist includes himself in the scene sketching from a terrace overlooking the Bay of Txingudi, while a woman brings him a glass and a bottle at right. On the opposite bank of the Bidasoa River, the Baroque clock tower of the church of Saint Mary of the Assumption can be seen above the rooftops of Hondarribia. Despite the apparent calm of the Basque town wrapped in sea mist, Hondarribia reminds Jouy of the ‘distant and stormy spectacle of this Iberia, so celebrated by its misfortunes, its glory and its memories’. In April 1823, French troops would cross the Bidasoa into Spain to fight the new liberal regime and help restore Ferdinand VII’s absolutist rule.