As with many of Waterhouse's paintings, there is much more to see and understand within the content of this work than what first meets the eye. It is, essentially, a garden within a garden. There is a suggestion that this painting was aimed at providing cheer and happiness at a time when the First World War had begun. Ironically, it was that same war that was to prevent Waterhouse from ever completing this painting.
This painting is owned by the Lady Lever Art Gallery, which is a part of the National Museums in the UK. As with many of his paintings, it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in the same year that it was completed. Waterhouse's later paintings perhaps lacked the sharpness and brilliance of early paintings (to be fair, this particular piece was unfinished) but there is still much to admire in this artwork, which features multiple female figures plus various elements of Victorian architecture.
The Lady Lever Art Gallery is particularly well known for its collection of Pre-Raphaelite artworks, though there are other items to see here too. The related artists to be found here alongside this work by Waterhouse are James Campbell, John Ingle Lee, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Brett.