The theme of this painting is the role of the artist. In the foreground the painter lies sleeping beside his paints and brushes and an unfinished watercolour of the landscape beyond. This artist figure may represent GW Allen, though it is not actually a self-portrait. In the middle distance a group of friends are picnicking in the sunlight. By contrast, the artist sleeps in the shade. He is shown as a figure apart, absorbed in a world of dreams and the instinctive desires represented by the faun standing over him.