Wilkie rarely painted landscapes and exhibited only one, in 1817. The present work carries an inscription on the back indicating that it was painted at The Grove, Little Bealings, near Woodbridge in 1822. This was the home of his friend Peregrine Pickle Nursey, an amateur artist. Wilkie's picture appears to show some of the Nursey children with their ponies. At the time Wilkie was on his way to Scotland to witness George IV's entry into Edinburgh, a subject he, along with Turner and William Collins, was planning to paint.
Gallery label, September 2004