Frank Weston Benson was a principal artist of the Boston school and a member of The Ten, a group of progressive American painters. Benson was academically trained, however he developed a truly unique style after discovering and moving to North Haven Island, Maine, around the turn of the 20th century. At that time, the Benson family purchased Wooster Farm, set within grassy meadows alongside the sea. The artist enjoyed painting idyllic landscapes there, peopled by his family in various activities – fishing, sailing, berry picking – at a time when painting figures was unique amongst the American Impressionists. These paintings shared an optimistic view of youth and childhood, very popular amongst Americans at the time, despite the onset of the First World War.