This painting shows the finale of the popular patriotic ballet called Our Flag at the Alhambra Theatre of Varieties, Leicester Square, in December 1909. It shows Danish ballet dancer Britta Petersen as the character ‘Spirit of the Flag’, dancing triumphantly in a Union Jack tutu. Representatives of Scotland, Ireland and Wales are also present to represent the union of the countries. However, the ballet ignores the contested and often violent history of England’s colonial control over the British Isles. Spencer Gore was fascinated by the theatre, ballet and music hall and often composed sketches from his seat in the audience.