Stanislawa De Karlowska addresses the question popular among many artists of her time about how to depict the modern city. Here, she depicts city residents going about their daily chores. Her use of colour turns grocery shopping into art. Although De Karlowska’s husband Robert Bevan was a founder member of the Camden Town Group, as a woman, she was excluded. De Karlowska exhibited instead in the more liberal areas of London’s contemporary art scene such as the Allied Artists Exhibitions, where this painting was shown in 1914.