Frith was famed for his paintings of modern life. Here we see the casino in the fashionable town of Bad Homburg, Germany. This is a model for a larger painting exhibited in 1871 at the Royal Academy, London. Frith favoured a horizontal format for his works, resulting here in an almost panoramic view that captures the broad expanse of the room. The painting seems to have no single focus: the curve of the gaming table structures the space and the distribution of figures. We might almost fail to note the woman in grey who turns away from the game: her suppressed emotions suggest some personal tragedy to which the rest of the room is oblivious.