This is the second in a series of four paintings - 'Morning', 'Midday', 'Afternoon' and 'Evening' - known also as Les Heures du Jour (The Hours of the Day). Three women and a man who have been picking flowers in a garden have stopped by a sundial, inscribed 'XII'. Two of the figures are checking their watches. Lighthearted pursuits were typically shown in the genre scenes of artists like Watteau, Pater and Lancret.
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This group of paintings were made as a series and would have been displayed together.