Sir George Reid was considered one of the finest draughtsmen of his day, and noted for his subtle use of monochrome washes to capture the effect of light in his landscape studies. This sketch shows the rear entrance to Traquair House near, Peebles in the Scottish Borders. It is reputedly the oldest inhabited house in Scotland. In the foreground is a tributary of the River Tweed, and the open gates are almost identical to Traquair's famous Bear Gates, which are located at the front of the house. After Bonnie Prince Charles had stayed at Traqauir in 1745, these gates were locked and were not to be opened again until a Stuart sat on the Scottish throne once more. They have remained locked ever since.