This picture was painted at Cookham Dean in Berkshire, where George Clausen lived. Mary Baldwin modelled for the woman at the gate. She was from Cookham Dean village and worked as the Clausen family’s nanny. Clausen was one of the ‘rural naturalists’, a young generation of predominantly French-trained painters who painted realistic scenes of everyday country life, in the late nineteenth century. Like others in this group Clausen was greatly influenced by the French painter Jules Bastien-Lepage, who painted in a similar style.