Little is known of the artist C.J.Wiles except that the precise painting technique evokes an illustrative style of composition. This oil painting of the Pasadena (California) famed Grace Nicholson mansion and courtyard garden (now the USC Pacific Asia Museum) was completed in 1930. The painting's colorful and rich architectural detail is reminiscent of the Orientalist style of painting popular in the early twentieth century and was exhibited twice at the Pasadena Museum of History, California