In 1813 Richard Ayton, a playwright, accompanied the artist William Daniell on a voyage round the coast of Great Britain. This book, published between 1814 and 1825, is an account of the voyage, the text of the first two volumes only being written by Ayton. The idea of showing the country from the outside was proposed by Ayton and Daniell as a new way of portraying Britain.
The view of Whitby is one of the more dramatic views of the British coastline. The viewpoint is high, and the placing of small boats rather than the three-masted ship against the cliff-face makes it difficult for the viewer to see exactly how high the cliffs are. Above the unmeasurable cliff the abbey is made to look particularly dramatic against the pale sky.
Famously, Whitby was used as a setting in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897).