Painted in London during the period in which the painter stayed there, it was presented in 1798 at the exhibition of Royal Academy of Arts. It was presented in the respective catalogue under the title “Queen Margaret and the Thief”, an episode drawn from the chapter “Wars of the Two Roses” in David Hume’s history of England. Margaret of Anjou (1429-1482), queen of England by marriage to Henry VI of the House of Lancaster, fights for the throne on behalf of her son Edward, Prince of Wales. The scene chosen by the painter, the appearance of a thief when Queen Margaret was fleeing to Scotland with her son, is perhaps the most emotional moment of all the intrigue and, as such, would have served the painter's intention to conceive a composition whose structure and colouration underscored the dramatic nature of the moment.