Joseph Allen was a prolific landscape painter and watercolourist who specialised in idealised views in North Wales, Cheshire, Yorkshire and other Midland counties. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Society of British Artists.
The cathedral town of Dunkeld, situated on the banks of the River Tay opposite the village of Birnam, played a vital role in Scotland's early history. Its position guarding one of the main passes from Lowland into Highland Scotland made it an important strategic location and it was the original seat of the chief bishop of the kingdom of the Picts. Dunkeld emerged as a centre of Christianity during the 7th Century, when St. Columba came over from Iona, whose relics were housed in a church built in Dunkeld by Scotland's first King, Kenneth MacAlpin. MacAlpin made Dunkeld head of the Celtic Church and capital of the newly-formed nation of Picts and Scots. The cathedral of Dunkeld, started in 1325, was an important ecclestiastical centre, until it was destroyed by the Reformation in the 16th Century. Relative peace ensued in Dunkeld until in 1689 a ferocious battle between the Jacobites and the Cameronians (supporters of William of Orange) burnt much of the town to the ground. Dunkeld lay on the crossroads of the cattle- droving roads and by the 19th century was established as a thriving market town.