This cartoon was most likely completed following the unsuccessful proposal of marriage and military aid by François, the Duke of Anjou to Elizabeth in 1581-1582. Anjou's subsequent mission to the Netherlands met with disaster when his army was massacred by the citizens of the Antwerp in early 1583. The cartoon depicts a cow, which represents the Dutch Provinces. King Philip II of Spain is vainly trying to ride the cow, while Queen Elizabeth feeds it. William of Orange is milking it, while the cow defecates on the hand of the Duke of Anjou while he holds its tail. This cartoon shows a sense of humor that seems to be rarely found in surviving works from the time.