Edna Waugh was one of the star pupils of the Slade School of Art, which she attended from 1895-99. She then married t barrister William Clarke Hall. The training at the Slade in the 1890s stressed the importance of vigorous drawing. Still lifes were popular, probably inspired by Dutch seventeenth-century examples. This is probably the artist's only oil painting. It was made under the direction of Gwen John (1876-1939) who showed her how to use oil paints. It is close in style, subject and technique to Gwen John's work. Edna Clarke Hall was known primarily for her drawings, particularly her illustrations to 'Wuthering Heights', although she also wrote poetry.