Nightingale painted figurative works and exhibited at the Royal Academy and Suffolk Street. The present work compares to An Afternoon Reverie, sold at Christie's, London, 11 June 2002 (£23,900), which portrays a girl in a punt, trailing her hand in the water, whilst two swans glide past. The mood of romantic langour is replicated here, though in a more optimistic key. The young sitter reclines in her deckchair, enveloped by the laziness of the spring afternoon. Nightingale repeats the resonant pictorial device of an open gate; here it reveals an expanse of blue sea, perhaps suggestive of enticing possibilities.