The area surrounding Ljubljana’s St Peter’s Parish Church is now completely urbanized, but the church kept its facade with its double bell tower (later reworked by Ivan Vurnik), and, similarly, the large facade of the Ljubljana Sugar Factory also survived. The factory reached the height of its production in the 1840s, and the building survives today as an exhibition space for modern art. The background features Kamnik-Savinja Alps, a nearly Arcadian scene in which a flock of lovely sheep in the foreground frames the main theme of gathering hay.
The work sits between Künl’s filigreed cityscapes (cf. Ljubljana, Ribji Trg Square, NG S 2024) and sketches produced in situ (cf. Harvest in Mestni Log, NG S 1153). All of these natural, landscape scenes can be contrasted against Künl’s capricious fantasy works. This comfort of expression in several genres was extremely typical of artists in the first three quarters of the 19th century.