The picture commemorates the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953. The date appears on the calendar, and the objects displayed include likenesses of the Queen (on the cover of Everybody's), her husband Prince Philip and her father George VI, a view of Windsor Castle, and a Union Jack. Spencelayh was intensely patriotic. Churchill was his hero, and he included the national flag in several of his later works. When asked why it was tied in knots in A Fine Old English Gentleman, Extraordinary, a picture dedicated to Churchill which he exhibited at the R.A. in 1952, he replied: 'It signifies the tangle in which our country has got, and from which he has to extracate us' (Noakes, op.cit., p.79).
The picture is offered with an obituary of Spencelayh and two letters from the artist written after the death of his wife in August 1955 to Mrs Rosie Levy, the widow of his Manchester patron. In the first letter, dated 14 September 1955, he refers to himself as 'a sad lone man'. The second, dated 7 March 1958, three months before his death, is partly written by his housekeeper, but Spencelayh manages to inscribe 'Blind Spencelayh, "Selling Off"' at the top.