Teeming with conspicuously contented livestock and framed at right by a gentle riverbank path where a ferry arrives, this painting features nature put to the service of human affairs. While European writers and artists invented such pastoral subject matter, American imitated it to proclaim their cultural sophistication and agricultural success.
Fisher, who lived in Massachusetts, was among the first native-born Americans to specialize in landscape painting. He created this scene by imaginatively combining landscape elements, figures, and animals individually studied from nature. This work demonstrates a mastery of subtle lighting effects and delicate reflections on water, yet the simplified depiction of clouds indicates his unusual training with a clockface painter.