This is a vibrant and humours drawing of a young sailor talking to a glamorous woman. Cadell has expertly depicted the woman’s demure glance with minimal brushstrokes and a hint of red to suggest her lips. Cadell joined the Royal Scots in 1915 and produced a series of drawings like this of army life before leaving for service in France. Twenty of the drawings were published in 1916 in the book ‘Jack and Tommy’, which was sold to benefit the Red Cross. Their clean lines and flat colours anticipate the style of his painting in the 1920s.