Denis Eden had his first lessons in painting from F.G. Stephens, an original member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The young Eden and his friend Frank Cadogan Cowper travelled around Britain to see as many Pre-Raphaelite paintings as they could. The Art Record of March 1902 carried an article about them (and a third painter, Campbell Lindsay Smith) in which they were described as ‘three young artists who have revived the original Pre-Raphaelite ideas ... they too have formed a Brotherhood’. Cowper and Eden were amongst those chosen by Edwin Austin Abbey, who employed Cowper as studio assistant, to paint six panels from British history for the east corridor of the House of Commons in 1910. Eden's contribution was John Cabot Receiving the Charter from Henry VII. Around 1920, the year of this little picture, Eden exhibited several still life subjects at the Royal Academy.