- Tarbell used Impressionist brushwork to lend texture to the model’s feathered hat and elegant blouse, but showed off his fine drawing skills in the softer approach to her hands and face. He belonged to the Boston School of painters, artists who combined Impressionistic technique with an approach to figure painting that prized technical skill and traditional notions of beauty.
- The picture at the upper right of the canvas reveals one of Tarbell’s major influences. It is the corner of a painting by the seventeenth-century Dutch artist Jan Vermeer, who was renowned for quiet interior scenes. Rediscovered by artists in the early twentieth century, Vermeer had a significant influence on the Boston School painters.
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1909 (on loan to the City Art Museum); sold by Kende Galleries, New York, New York, 04 May 1945; J. W. Young Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; purchased by John G. Rauch Sr., Indianapolis, Indiana; donated to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1982.