A resplendent estate situated along what must be a north-west river in the English countryside, the home is the star subject with a complete array of British persons and vessels acting as the supporting cast. The turning-autumn colors of the foliage accentuate the alabaster manor house. Flying atop one of the seven visible chimneys in the white British Naval Ensign, signifying the naval rank of the propertyís owner. The time worn paths along the river frontage are paced by two strolling couples and a woman in a full red shawl. Red is a prominent color for all the watercraft as well, in the sailorsí shirts, the competing collegiate rowing crews and the motherís cloak of the family at leisure in the rowed boat.
The artist exhibits several fields of knowledge within the scene, and the quality of his work leaves no doubt that this is a painting by a professional artist. The neo-gothic revival shown in the flourishes of architecture are accentuated with the classic Victorian dress worn by the people in public. Then again, the simple country charm of the boy fishing, the heavily wooded groundskeeper shack and the sailors onboard the cutter speak of the artistís knowledge of multiple professions and pursuits. This is especially apparent with the details to the racing crews, alternating the red verses blue theme to the caps, flags and bulwark rail of each oared scull, and the striped shirts of college athletes. The painting holds historic echoes of British society, sports and leisure pursuits.