Canterbury was a place that Goodwin returned to sketch and paint throughout his career. This view, while dark and misty, is given movement through the introduction of a running sheepdog and the birds in the sky.
The First World War had been a difficult time for the artist and his family. He lost his wife to poor health prior to his 71st birthday, and his youngest son, Harold, died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 when only 25. His third daughter Edytha’s husband, Ralph Longstaff, also fought in the Great War.