The young girl in this picture is believed to be Florence Smyth who was born in 1634, the second daughter of Thomas and Florence Smyth, of.Ashton Court. She is shown with a black figure who smiles as he presents her with a nest of robins. It is one of the earliest known likenesses of a black boy in English art. The girl's costume indicates that the portrait was painted in the late 1630s. The artist may have been in the circle of Gilbert Jackson, a painter noted for his close attention to detail and use of vibrant colour.