Flint visited France on many occasions both during the 1920s and 1930s and later in his life, writing Breakfast in Périgord (London, 1968) about his experiences in an place he was particularly fond of. Ralph Lewis remarks that although he loved many areas in France 'it was at Périgord that Russell Flint found great happiness and peace' (R. Lewis, Sir William Russell Flint 1880-1969, London, 1980, p. 73). Following breakfast, by the open window in his bedroom, he would fasten his watercolour paper to his plywood, set up his easel and paintbox and work swiftly with a clear idea of what he wanted to produce. Difficult subjects were mastered in Périgord and Flint relished the opportunity to tackle landscapes and arcaded streets with 'cunning vistas' (R. Lewis, op. cit., p. 73), such as that depicted in the present watercolour.