A young child sits facing the viewer. He has shoulder length hair, a white colar and dark suit, the pants of which come to just below his knees. His feet are together and his hands rest in his lap beween his knees. The image is strongly lit from the left by an unseen light source.
Arthur Charles Haden (1852-1910) was the third of four children born to Whistler's half-sister Deborah and her husband Francis Seymiour Haden; he would have been about six years old when Whistler drew this plate.