In his monograph of the artist in the 1896 edition of the Art Journal, M. Phipps Jackson commended Joseph Farquharson as 'a born painter, if ever there was one'. He was quick to adopt the profession of his father, the artist Francis Farquharson, and to make use of his studio; and following the tuition of Peter Graham and lessons at the Edinburgh Board of Manufacture School he submitted his first exhibit to the Royal Academy at the age of thirteen.
Perhaps as relevant as this early precocity however, was his position as heir to Finzean, the Farquharson estate in Aberdeenshire. Many of his landscape views depict the estate or local sites. He famously equipped a caravan with artist's materials and a stove, so that he could travel the grounds, painting in all weathers and in all seasons. Some of his pictures, such as the present work, have poetic titles that further impress upon the viewer the seductive affect of light upon the woodland scene, and its capacity to induce a particular emotion or mood.
It has been suggested that this landscape may depict the river Feuch in Aberdeenshire.