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The 16th, 17th (St Patrick's Day) and 18th March comprises cameos (dancing, lovers' trysts, music making, storytelling, hawking etc.) that appear as subjects in their own right in other, smaller works by Nicol. One of most prominent interplays between characters in the painting involves an elegant family and a group of children selling shamrock. The kindly, urbane male figure can reasonably be taken to represent the sort of gentleman observer that Nicol certainly believed himself to be. Though Nicol was a remarkably prolific artist, this composition is one of relatively few that feature a large number of figures and variety of type. The identification of specific details and the subject makes it an interesting social document. Meticulously drawn, carefully composed and highly finished, it is also for Nicol a technical tour-de-force.