This is a painting by Percy Carpenter, an English artist who lived in Singapore from 1855 to 1857. The painting illustrates the day-to-day happenings outside a European house atop a hill. The Danish flag on the flagstaff next to the house indicates that this house was probably owned by a Danish official or merchant. In the right foreground of the painting, an Indian worker can be seen preparing a saddle for a horse ride. The painting also features a number of animals, including horses, fowl and dogs.