Oil on canvas, approximately 38 x 57.5 inches. National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.
In the last scene of A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck comes into the palace of Theseus after all the mortals have retired for the night. He says,
And we fairies, that do run
By the triple Hecate's team,
From the presence of the sun,
Following darkness like a dream,
Now are frolic.
Oberon, Titania and their band of fairies then enter, "Hand in hand, with fairy grace" to "sing, and bless this place." Their work, Oberon says, must be finished by break of day. Scott's fanciful notion depicts a scene that does not occur until the play is over and all the supernatural creatures have left the palace, which Scott shows us in the lower left-hand corner of the canvas.