This work depicts a domesticated bushland scene, with Frederick McCubbin's wife, Annie, aged 28, feeding her chickens.
In the background is the cottage they were renting, situated at Lot 52 (now number 7), Wolseley Crescent, Blackburn.
The work was purchased in 1894 by the National Gallery of Victoria, and was the first Frederick McCubbin work to be acquired by a public gallery. It was later exchanged, in 1900, by the National Gallery of Victoria for his work 'A Winter Evening', 1897. In 1901, it was exhibited in the Victorian Gold Jubilee Exhibition.
Arthur Streeton - Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890