The painting shows the scene in the Council chamber. The members of the council sleep, as does the King who is slumped on his throne. Under the draped curtains and through the window further soldiers can be seen sleeping.
Under The Council Chamber, the inscription reads:
"The threat of war the hope of peace
The Kingdoms peril and increase
Sleep on and bide the latter day
When fate shall take her chain away."
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