The drawing is worked into a letter to Walter Howell Deverell of 23 May 1853. It is
one of a series of letters from early that year that contain spoofing sketches
related to the art patron Francis MacCracken.
As DGR's note on the drawing indicates, the scene is outside "a provincial
exhibition" where Deverell's painting, The
Banishment of Hamlet, was being shown. MacCracken had purchased
the work and arranged for its exhbition. See further commentary on the
drawing as well as the
commentary for the drawing MacCracken. DGR had reviewed Deverell's painting when it was first exhibited in 1851.