Robinson studied at the Académie Julian in Paris from 1891. This is a view of Paris from a hotel or apartment balcony. The gabled façade and tower of the 15th-century church, Sainte Etienne du Mont, is visible on the left. The young girl is the artist’s daughter. Robinson often used structural elements to form a rectangular format within his compositions. The subjects are pushed to the edges, leaving the centre empty. This deceptively simple work is a typical example of Cayley Robinson’s traditional and subtle artworks.