N03029 A SECRET c. 1914
Inscr. ‘Fred. Appleyard.’ b.r.
Canvas, 36×48 1/2 (91·5×123).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1915.
Exh: R.A., 1915 (10).
The artist wrote (11 May 1953) that he painted this picture under the inspiration of lines from stanza 5 of Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality:
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting ... But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home: Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
The background was painted at Beaulieu Abbey, Hampshire, in 1914.