William Glackens throughout his career documented with great care and devotion the environs in which he lived. During the summers, the artist and his family travelled to various locations along the Eastern seaboard and throughout Europe. During the summers of 1920-1924, Glackens and his family rented a house on a lake near Conway, New Hampshire. Glackens was attracted to this location near Conway because of Walker Pond as it afforded him the opportunity to partake in one of his much-loved pastimes, fishing.
Conway during the nineteenth century was a center for an art colony, attracting artists who were drawn to the dramatic scenery of the White Mountains. By the time Glackens resided in Conway, the art colony had since dissolved, and he was the only artist of import in the area. Glackens did paint several works depicting the local landscape such as Mount Washington and the Saco River, but he mainly sought inspiration from his immediate environment. Glackens preffered to paint their house in Conway, the local apple orchards, the boathouse by the lake and other scenes that unfolded close by such as the present work, The Tent, Conway.