This portrait of Gilman’s fellow artist Madeline Knox gives little away about her profession or character. Instead, the quiet domestic setting, gentle colours and dappled brushwork create a meditative atmosphere. Knox’s thoughtful pose is enigmatic; she fingers her coat but it is unclear whether she has just returned from somewhere, or is about to leave.
Gilman was an enthusiast for new trends from mainland Europe by artists such as van Gogh. He died in the post-war influenza epidemic at the age of 43.