With its uniform rows of cabbages and alternating bands of furrowed soil, this watercolour of a sequestered vegetable plot represents an antidote to the familiar chocolate box images of Victorian cottage gardens. The subject is Malthouse Farm in Hambleton, Surrey, which operated as a malthouse turning barley into malt for brewing beer. The original part of the farmhouse on the right features a malting flue chimney. The artist, George Price Boyce, trained as an architect and often depicted time-worn, vernacular buildings in loving detail. His close friendship with Dante Gabriel Rossetti gave him entrée to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, whose day-to-day activities he recorded in his diary.