Southall was the leader of the Birmingham Group. These Midlands-based painters were inspired by 14th and 15th century Italian artists who painted in tempera. This painting is typical of their style. Southall used strong, clear outlines and created jewel-like colours by using thin layers of tempera paint. He also made the frame. The harbour in the painting is probably Fowey, in Cornwall. It was one of Southall’s favourite places.