The relaxed posture and dreamy facial expression suggest that this boy is completely unaware that he is being drawn. His childlike unselfconsciousness is underlined by the informal clothes and the casual way his bare legs dangle downwards. Fritz von Uhde was clearly of the opinion that the boy's quiet pose would not last very long, because he tried to capture the scene with rapid strokes. Another indication of this is that Uhde did not sign the sheet with his full name but simply initialled it. Despite the speed of execution, the child's personality has been captured convincingly.