Adrian Stokes, ‘a sensitive and glowing colourist’ (C Lewis Hind, Landscape Painting..., 1924), finished his studies at the Royal Academy in 1876. He soon left for the artists communities in the Forest of Fontainebleau, where he met the Austrian painter, Marianne Preindlsberger. After their marriage in 1884 the two travelled widely in Europe, staying briefly with artist colonies in both Denmark and St Ives, Cornwall. Stokes is likely to have painted this between 1914 and 1920, when he and his wife were staying at Vevey, on the Northern shore of Lac Leman in Switzerland. Seen across the lake is a view of Mont Blanc in the evening light.