Thomas Cooper Gotch’s work went through several phases during his career. In 1878 he studied at the Slade under Alphonse Legros, where he met and became close friends with Henry Scott Tuke and Caroline Yates, who he later married. He first adopted the plein air approach to painting whilst studying in Paris in the early 1880s and later settled in Newlyn, where a group of artists lead by Stanhope Forbes followed realist rural style. However, a visit to Florence 1891 marked a turning point in his oeuvre. Many of his later works employ a bolder use of colour and are influenced by the medieval revival in Pre- Raphaelite paintings.