Ginner was born in France, but settled
in London in 1910. He was a founder member of the Camden Town Group,
and frequently painted images of life
in the city. Here, the figure of the Vielle Balayeuse, or 'old sweeping woman' dominates the crowded street of the Normandy port.
Ginner manipulates details to achieve
a balanced composition. For example,
the unusually tall lamp post in the background forms part of a triangle
and acts as a vortex, drawing attention
to the old woman sweeping the street.