Trained in Manchester and on the Continent, Hagedorn moved to Buxton around the time of this painting. The carved geodetic forms of Topley Pike, a limestone quarry near Buxton, Derbyshire, lying in- side the Peak District National Park, which would have appealed to Hagedorn’s sense of Modernism. As Simon Martin has remarked, his watercolour landscapes from the 1920’s ‘encapsulate the search for solace in the landscape that appears in the work of so many others of his generation. These works have a distinctive clarity and call to mind Paul Nash’s question of whether it was possible to ‘Go Modern and Be British’. As an outsider, Hagedorn was not weighed down by such a sense of tradition. During the same period, he was also designing eye- catching posters… applying the lessons of European modernism to commercial advertising’.