View west of the railway bridge at Preston Village. A steam train approaching on the Brighton to London line with St Peter's Church, Preston at the rear. People hay making in the foreground, a windmill on the Downs in the distance.
Mary Wilmshurst became Headmistress of a school which she ran originally with her mother, Sarah and later her sister, Juliana at 22 Sussex Square, Brighton in the early 1850s. Her first job as a teacher was in Bridport, Dorset where she returned in later life and where she died in 1883 aged 78. She was also a competent artist.