It is not clear whether this 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 , which also included Charles Ginner, Spencer Gore and William Ratcliffe. The vigorously dabbed brushwork, which creates a rich surface , and the warm and highly charged colours, are typical of the work of this group of artists.
Gallery label, September 2004
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