This is one of a large series of London views that Bone executed from the 1930s to the 1950s. Little Venice is located in West London, and so called because of its proximity to Regent's Canal. Bone liked to paint water and its reflections, and often combined this with compositions showing people going about their daily business, a combination which is the subject of this picture. A barge, hung with its owner's washing, travels along the canal. Two children play along the banks, and a man sits on the railings overhead, enjoying the view.

Further reading:
Stephen Bone, Albion: An Artist's Britain, London 1939
Stephen Bone, exhibition card, Sally Hunter & Patrick Seale Fine Art, London 1986

Terry Riggs
November 1997