There are many watercolors that provide just a glimpse of a place, but he did finished oil works of townscapes and landscapes across four continents; very typically his perspective was a close-up view of some details of a structure that other artists would have represented in an authoritative angle against a wide sky.
In natural settings he often includes figures in very un-self conscious relaxation; one would not call them poses. But the attitudes he captures in their demeanor may be related to his ability to capture a personality in a single pose in a formal portrait.
The town views generally have a few of the citizenry in the frame, but if present, they seem to be there more as a matter of happenstance rather than an effort by the artists to show a representation of daily life at the spot chosen.
Corner of the Church of San Stae, Venice
by John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925)