Fergusson first visited Antibes, Cap d'Ail in 1913 and thereafter he and his wife Margaret Morris made regular visits until the artist's death in 1961. Morris wrote, 'Fergus got much inspiration, and did hundreds of sketches over the years, from which he painted many pictures. In the watercolours he usually used touches of colour indicating the costumes worn, but in the oils he usually made the figures nude, though he never actually saw them that way' (M. Morris, The Art of J.D. Fergusson, Glasgow, 1973, p. 150).
In the 1920s Margaret held Summer Schools for her dancers in Antibes. At the invitation of the proprietor of the Hotel du Cap they would often bathe at Eden Roc. 'He begged Fergus and myself to come and bathe at Eden Roc, to support his few guests! So we did, though we much preferred the seclusion of the chateau bathing place' (M. Morris, op. cit., p. 152).