A young woman, dressed in diaphanous and flowing drapery and a scarf or kerchief over her hair, is seen sitting with legs crossed before a bed in which a child is lying. The woman is in profile, leaning to the right as she bring her face close to that of the child. The child is summarily sketched except for the head.
According to the Glasgow catalogue raisonné, the sitter is possibly Rose Pettigrew and her baby niece, Edith. In the early 1890s, Whistler drew a number of works of draped female models, including in both etching and drypoint.