This still life belonged to a collection built up between the 1920s and 1940s by the Edinburgh collector Walter Quarry Wood, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. As well as a surgeon of considerable note, he had an avid interest in Modern Art and became a personal friend and patron of Cadell. His excellent eye built up a stunning collection of key works by Colourist artists and it is not surprising that he was drawn to this beautiful still life of tulips by S J Peploe. Stylistically this painting dates to the late 1920s when Peploe was returning to the more muted palette of Paul Cézanne. By this period Peploe had become almost obsessed with perfecting the genre of still life, constantly experimenting and pushing himself forward to find a perfect balance of rhythm and harmony. Tulips were a particular favourite for the artist and they consistently reappear throughout his oeuvre. Still Life of Tulips shows Peploe at the height of artistic ability, creating a work with timeless appeal.