In the 19th century, a view of a lake from a high ground was established as the description of the beauty of Finnish nature. Albert Edelfelt had moved to Paris, but he spent his summers in Haikko, near Porvoo. That is where this view was painted, to be later shown in the Paris world’s fair in 1900. At the time, the world’s fairs were being established as the showcases for nations, drawing the masses to marvel at the various inventions, cultures, and wondrous products from far away. The work was painted at the viewpoint at the Haikko manor, in Lennätinvuori. The painter directed his gaze far south. However, the painting does not quite correspond to the actual view. Edelfelt widened the connection of the water to the sea, and changed the sailing ships to more modern steamships. This way, the picture corresponded to the representational needs for the Finnish foreign trade navigation at the world’s fair, rather than being an image of Finnish nature.