The model is Marie Hamonet, a young girl who lived at Pléneuf, a village on Brittany's north coast which Gwen John visited in 1918 and 1919. She went to Brittany on her brother Augustus's urging, to recuperate from the strains she was feeling after Rodin's death. John made many drawings of Marie. She sometimes called her 'Annabella' or 'Little Annabella'. Marie later became Mme Ferrec, and lived in Paris. John drew several of the local village children, although she remarked to the American collector John Quinn that, as most of the children were working in factories, models were difficult to find.