This painting depicts the moment the Angel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary that she will concieve and become the mother of Jesus, the son of God. The annunciation is one of the most frequently depicted scenes in Christian art. The earliest examples date from the 4th century. Fowler was particularly noted for the 'luminous' quality he managed to acheive in his paintings. The twighlight setting and glow of the sun in this painting make it is a good example of his style.