The young Lee may have been influenced in his subject matter by Rosa Bonheur’s (1822 - 1899) painting 'Landais
Peasants Going to Market' which had been exhibited in Liverpool in 1859. The proportions in 'Going to Market' are odd and the perspective quirky, indicating Lee's inexperience and incomplete training. The rather large heads are characteristic of the very few paintings known from his short career. The painting is probably 'The Young Carriers' which was exhibited at the Liverpool Academy in 1860.