Bomberg was one of the leading figures in the modern movement in British art around 1913 - 15. This work brings together the influence of the Slade school where he trained, his experience of Jewish life in East London and his experiments at this time with highly stylised composition. These are combined with a record of an event of great personal significance to him. The drawing is inscribed, 'apoplexy', or sudden loss of conciousness. Of the drawings in the 'Family Bereavement' series, this one is the most obviously dramatic.