- Oil paint on mahogany
- Support: 152 x 127 mm
frame: 380 x 287 x 65 mm
- Bequeathed by Miss A.B. Marshall 1937
This portrait was painted in Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, overlooking the River Thames. We know very little more about it. Some under-drawing on the left, of a higher frill and a lower shoulder, suggests that it was painted from life. Ford Madox Brown was a pioneer in seeking objectivity in child portraiture. His pictures emphasised individuality above sentimentality and idealisation.
Gallery label, July 2007