Müller and his friend George Arthur Fripp embarked on a seven-month sketching tour of the Continent in July 1834. They travelled through Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy reaching Venice at the end of September 1834 where they stayed for nearly two months. Müller set about exploring the canals and sketching all of Venice’s best sights. Solly records in his biography of Müller that ‘most of the sketches made were from the gondola’ and that ‘besides the buildings at Venice, the boats, with their picturesque awnings and cargo were repeatedly sketched by Müller, and when massed together formed fine foreground objects’. (see N. Neal Solly, Memoir of the Life of W. J. Müller, 1875, p.39-40). Between sketching, Müller visited some of the great collections of paintings in Italy and was deeply impressed by the Venetian masters, none more so than Titian.