The exact location of this scene of peasant life is unknown although the headdress of the woman is characteristic of Northern France. Turner specialist Ian Warrell has connected it to the informal sketches which the artist made of the humble dwellings around Saumur during his tour of the Loire Valley in the autumn of 1826.1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.113, 209 note 133.
Inscribed in pencil with the notes ‘37 b’ in the centre of the sheet and ‘CCLIX 237’ in the bottom right-hand corner. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLIX 237’ in the centre of the sheet.