The sitter was the son of Dr and Mrs Osmund Frank and Spencer had painted his father in 1950 (Bell no. 351), who was mayor of Maidenhead from 1946 to 1950. Spencer also painted Mrs Frank (1951, Bell no. 368) and Dr Frank's dog (1955, Bell no. 410). Keith Bell notes that Andrew was two and a half years old when he sat for the present work (see Bell, op. cit, pp. 487, 502). The work started as a pencil drawing on plywood but as the boy sat so still Spencer decided to paint the work in oil (see exhibition catalogue, Sir Stanley Spencer 1892-1959, Plymouth, City Museum and Art Gallery, 1963, no. 45).