This painting is one of several executed in the late-1930s, which show large Scottish houses or castles. It depicts Traquair House, which is situated near Peebles, south of Edinburgh. The work is painted in the precise and detailed style, for which the artist is renowned. The house dates substantially from the seventeenth century, though it has much earlier parts. The artist and his family regularly spent their holidays in the Peebles area in the 1930s. According to his usual practice, McIntosh Patrick made direct sketches and watercolours at Traquair House and used these as the basis for the oil painting, which was executed in his Dundee studio.