This is probably Colquhoun's largest work. It was painted while he was living in a cottage close to a farm, near Dunmow in Essex. The figures represent the farmer and his wife. The cubist-inspired style of angular forms and contours is typical of Colquhoun's work of the period. In the same year that this work was painted, Colquhoun desiged costumes for a new production of King Lear; the flattened, stage-set forms in this painting may owe something to that project.