'The seven years that Bunty lived in the main rooms of 6 Ainslie Place were probably the happiest of his life' (see T. Hewlett, Cadell A Scottish Colourist, Edinburgh, 1988, p. 69). His move there was to provide a stability and security that was reflected in his paintings. His work was selling well and he had the friendship and support of several key patrons including Major Ion Harrison and George Service.
Second Floor, 6 Ainslie Place, (circa 1929, private collection) shows a very similar interior. The inscription on the reverse of the present work 'Reginald Fairlie's living room at No. 7. Ainslie Place by his close friend F.C.B. Cadell' indicates that it is indeed virtually a mirror image.
The compositional device including a chair was one which often featured in Cadell's work and served to emphasise the elegant proportions, refinement and class of the room.