Hannah Clarke Preston MacGoun was born in Edinburgh and studied art at the Edinburgh Trustees' Academy. Following her studies she travelled to Germany and Holland, and upon returning to Edinburgh she received various commissions including illustrating children's books and poetry anthologies. MacGoun's paintings focused on scenes featuring children and elderly people, often in domestic settings. Because of the style and subject matter of her paintings, MacGoun is often considered a social realist, depicting ordinary people living ordinary lives. She exhibited at the Scottish National Exhibition in 1908 and her work was shown at the Scottish Society of Artists and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art.