A peaceful view across the waters of a lake, with a wooden landing stage and mooring posts in the foreground. Six small masted boats are moored further away, and another is under sail with a figure visible. On the far shore, three or four houses are sited near the water’s edge, among thick clumps of winter trees, and through a thinner screen of trees to the right can be glimpsed the roofs of farm buildings and cottages. Beyond the lake, on the left, a patchwork of small fields spreads over the hillside, and behind all this scene is a range of higher hills with a light covering of snow on the tops. The sky is overcast but with breaks in the cloud.