|The Victoria & Albert Museum|
Here, the robust health and life of the child are very much the focus in this portrait of a baby, in oil color on canvas, of portrait proportions. The child sits, propped against white pillows between curtains of dark blue satin—probably on a bed. He or she wears a high-necked white garment with long full sleeves gathered into a frill at the wrist, and a close-fitting cap of white fabric which has been trimmed with lace and a band of pale pink ribbon.
The painting is attributed to Mary Beale, or possibly, one of her students. Some speculate that the subject is Beale’s own child.