PROVENANCE: Stanley Seeger
Inchbold was one of several young landscape artists to be inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites. The praise and patronage of Ruskin launched him on his career in 1855, but by the late 1850s he had moved away from the tenets of strict observation towards a more personal style and a looser, more experimental technique. Like the painter AW Hunt, he was also a poet, and he found it hard to make a living by his watercolours. In 1886–7 he made his last long painting tour, exploring the Mediterranean coast from the south of France to Naples; our painting dates from this trip. A lady paints at an easel, whilst their lunch basket waits for them hung high in the shade from a tree.