When this work was first exhibited a reviewer commented: ‘It resembles a Channel steamer after a violent collision with a pier. You detect funnels, smoke, gangplanks, distant hotels, numbers, posters all thrown into the melting-pot, so to speak. Mr. Nevinson acted as interpreter, explaining that it represented a state of simultaneous mind.’ Nevinson co-wrote Vital English Art: A Futurist Manifesto. He was fascinated by the idea of ‘simultaneity’. This is shown here in his attempt to capture in one composition the many views and movements in a single moment.