Set at twilight in a dark wood this scene represents the first flight of an infant fairy painted in a pop surrealist style. All is rendered with breathtaking, meticulous attention to detail, the woodland scene with imaginary fairies, making a link with ancient Celtic beliefs, folklore, and chivalry in a typically mid-Victorian way.
Belief in fairies, folklore, and the world of the
supernatural still held sway in polite society of 18th- and 19th-century
Various folk theories about the origins of fairies include casting them as either demoted angels or demons in a Christian tradition, as minor deities in Pagan belief systems, as spirits of the dead, as prehistoric precursors to humans, or as elementals.