William Frederick Yeames 1878 © Walker Art Gallery, National Museums of Liverpool
"I had at the time I painted this picture living in my house a nephew of an innocent and truthful disposition and it occurred to me to represent him in a situation where the child's outspokenness and unconsciousness would lead to disastrous consequences, and a scene in a country house occupied by he Puritans during the Rebellion in England suited my purpose." W.F. Yeames
In the story I was told as a child, the boy answers truthfully, 'Last night, sir,' --- 'in a dream'.