Ottawa-born Harold Beament joined the navy in 1917 and was promoted to Lt.-Commander of the RCNVR in 1930. During World War II he commanded a ship on the North Atlantic patrols for three years becoming a Commander in 1943 when he was appointed an official war artist assigned to the navy. Beament studied law before the war, completing his studies at Osgoode Hall in 1922. He attended evening classes at the Ontario College of Art during his final year and in 1926 moved to Montreal where he would pursue a career as an artist. Best known for his paintings of the Laurentians and the Arctic, Beament painted this study of the morning light at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, already a popular tourist site, in 1936. One of the prominent features of this picturesque Atlantic spot was the lighthouse, erected in 1914. This painting was donated by Beament to the National Gallery upon being elected a full academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1946.