After her separation from her artist husband Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson rented a house on the Isle of Wight in the winter of 1931 to 1932. This painting shows two of her three children, Jake and Kate, in the conservatory of the house. The ship seen in the distance was until recently thought to be the luxury French liner, the Normandie. However, that vessel was only launched in 1935 and it may instead be either a German ship or an invented element. The delicate, fresh colours and appealing naïvety are typical of Winifred Nicholson's work.