Oil on panel, 17 1/2 by 14 1/2 ins (44.5 by 37 cm)
A travelling scholarship from his art school in Aberdeen introduced Souter to the work of some of the great Continental artists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries including Chardin, Velazquez and Vermeer. Such painters had a profound influence on his work, which reveal him to be one of the most technically brilliant painters of his generation. His controversial 1926 Royal Academy exhibit The Breakdown, caused him to be distanced from Academy circles and the future possibility of membership there. He continued however to have considerable success through commercial shows at, amongst other galleries, the Redfern Gallery and the Fine Art Society. Souter used the present work (shown hanging on the wall to the left of the picture) in another of his paintings Talking of Ballet, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1952 (no.306).