Biddle’s glossy, enamelled style, painted in oils on panel, is distinctive, and only varied minutely. His best pictures are delicately posed and lit, the colours carefully balanced. Biddle lived with his friend the musician Howard Rankin Hulls in the West Hampstead home of artist Edward Julius Detmold, Detmold’s parents and his sister Nora. At the death of Detmold’s father and the onset of war, all decamped to Bank House in Montgomery, Wales. The picture shows the strong Japanese influence upon the artist; a netsuke, possibly of the hermit Gama Sennin with his pot and his toad, sits beside an enamelled Japanese vase of about 1900, filled with snowdrops, anenomies, forget-me-nots and primula. It is in a fine example of a Rowley Gallery frame, of carded gesso, silver gilt and lacquered.