The proudly posed figure of the young man who would become "Sir Provo" fills most of the pictorial surface. He wears his naval uniform, to which the gold epaulette adds a touch of military elegance. The sensuality and beauty of his face have been captured with great sensitivity, and his forthright gaze carries assurance and conviction. The richly painted cloud background evokes the subject's naval victories, but also conjures the vigour of his youth. This is Field's most accomplished oil portrait.