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Having fallen into the clutches of Mother Needham, the country girl is now a kept woman (harlot), the mistress of a wealthy Londoner. She distracts him by kicking over a tray to mask the departure of her more handsome lover, who is being ushered out by a maidservant. The Old Testament subjects of the paintings on the wall foretell divine punishment.
William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.