Fergusson and his great friend, Samuel John Peploe made regular summer trips to Paris and the French coast during the early 1900s. The present work was painted circa 1913-14 and Kirsten Simister (Living Paint: J.D. Fergusson 1874-1961, Edinburgh, 2001, p.55) writes, 'After the demolition of his Paris studio later in 1913, Fergusson decided to set off in search of 'more sun, more colour'. Following in the footsteps of the Fauves, he explored the coastline on the South of France. The summer was spent with Peploe and [Anne Estelle] Rice in Cassis, where he worked outdoors painting landscapes of great freshness and immediacy and townscapes which show[s] Cézanne's influence. Fergusson's stylistic debt to this artistic giant was to grow ever more prominent over the years to come'.