Oil on canvas
Forbes Magazine Collection, New York
In a darkened room, a young female sits working on some handiwork. She grasps some folded fabric in her left hand, while her right hand is in a clenched position. The middle right finger appears to be wearing a thimble. The woman, with her head placed on an upward diagonal, gazes towards the ceiling. She wears an unadorned red dress with a plain white shawl tucked in her upper bodice.
Partially illuminated on the table to her left appears to be a spool of thread. The canopied bed behind her also frames an illuminated clock that indicates the time as being 2:30. In the upper left-hand portion of the composition, a curtained window frames a cloudy early morning sky as well as the silhouette of a steepled structure. Below the window, in partial light, stands a pitcher supported by a broken bowl. A diagonal line is created from the pitcher to the clock, emphasizing the young woman's right hand and head.
poem caught the fancy of the Punch reading public, tripling the circulation
of the magazine. The public, through the imagery of a simple poem, was
made aware of the working conditions and unhealthy lives of the piece
workers as well as the factory workers.