It is not clear whether this painting shows a sleeping figure or someone caught in a moment of introspection. Many artists during this period made paintings of single figures engaged in solitary, private, activities such as reading.
Gilman first met Walter Sickert in 1907. Both were founding members, in 1911, of the Camden Town Group, which also included Charles Ginner, Spencer Gore and William Ratcliffe. The vigorously dabbed brushwork, which creates a rich surface texture, and the warm and highly charged colours, are typical of the work of this group of artists.