In his biography "A Brush with Life" published in 1969, Wilkinson tells of an enjoyable trip he made to the Bahamas in 1939 at the request of Sir Harold Christie, a long time member of the Bahamas House of Representatives. Wilkinson noted that he "was astonished by the brilliance of the colouring, the shimmering blue of the sea, and the superb greens of the vegetation," all of which he displays in this watercolour.
He also records that whilst in Nassau, he dined with Sir Harry and Lady Oakes, from whose home he painted a number of works which the couple subsequently acquired. Lastly, he states that his exhibition of watercolours of the island "was a great success, the sales being most encouraging."
Our watercolour is one of those painted during this apparently idyllic sojourn and encapsulates all that Wilkinson clearly felt about the colour and vibrancy of the islands.