Hopper's work regularly features carefully delineated architecture and landscapes, which he worked out in extensive preparatory sketches such as The Family House at Nyack. Describing this meticulous process, Hopper wrote, “It takes a long time for an idea to strike. Then I have to think about it for a long time. I don't start painting until I have it all worked out in my mind. I'm all right when I get to the easel.” This particular drawing depicts Hopper's birthplace and family home, built by his grandfather in 1858. Hopper lived in this home until 1910, commuting to New York City for art classes. Completed in 1906, this image dates from the early years of Hopper's training and shows his experiments with line, composition, and depth. It also reflects an early interest in landscapes and buildings as prominent subjects.