Enclosed in a letter to Walter Howell Deverell (30 August 1851), the drawing represents a number of the men who reunited a few evenings before at the house of James Hannay to welcome back the American poet Thomas Buchanan Read, who gave a recitation of his poem “Inez” (“Down behind the hidden village”). DGR said he couldn't draw everyone because the paper was “such beastly stuff to draw upon. . .and I fear that some may already be unrecognizable” (see Fredeman, Correspondence 51.18 and plate 3 (I. 181). The figures are: William Holman Hunt (reclining) and (left to right) Thomas Woolner, George MacDonald, Read, DGR, Alexander Munro, and Hannay.