Chritopher Wood was an established artist by the mid 1920s. However it wasn't until his time at Liverpool University that he decided to become a painter having been encouraged by Augustus John. Chritopher acquired his skills training at the Academie Julian in Paris from 1921 and develped these through travelling extensively across Europe and North Africa in the early 1920s. He was good friends with Ben and Winifred Nicholson who both had a strong influence on his work. He was also influenced by primitive styles, notably the work of Alfred Wallis.