Hunter was based on the French riviera from 1927-29, and this drawing shows the beach at the fashionable resort of Juan-les-Pins, near Nice. The area was particularly popular among artists, and Picasso holidayed there regularly in the 1920s. Hunter has perfectly captured the atmosphere of a sunny day at the beach in this lively sketch. His use of brightly-coloured crayons conveys the bright light as well as giving the scene a child-like sense of joy and playfulness. Hunter made hundreds of quick sketches like this during his stay in France, using them as a way to record his immediate impressions of light and colour.