Born in Edinburgh in 1942, Kirkland Main trained at Edinburgh College of Art (1960-65), becoming Head of School of Drawing and Painting there (1991-98) and a Professor at Heriot Watt University in 1998. This art work was purchased from the New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh in 1973. The gallery was created as part of a movement of grass-roots cultural initiatives developing in Edinburgh during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. It operated as a cooperative supporting contemporary art, run mainly by painters including Kirkland Main. It was eventually merged into what became the Fruitmarket Gallery in 1984.
This painting depicts the view from the artist's window in Cramond, near Edinburgh.