Weschke painted this in his Cape Cornwall studio. Its theme relates to an accident the artist had while diving for lobster pots, forcing him to make an emergency ascent from one hundred and twenty feet under the sea. He was placed on the beach by his companions and as he lay there recovering he said he felt like a piece of meat. Originally the painting was much brighter but Weschke felt that the colours were too theatrical. He has commented that the painting is about 'a person in the ultimate situation of distress.'