A bust-length portrait of a woman faces the viewer. Her hair is worn high on her head with curls framing her face and a bandeau high on her forehead. Her dress has a high starched collar and a scarf tied over the bodice. The drawing is muted in dark chalks with white highlighting on a brown paper.
This intimate, insightful portrait has been identified as the mother of the artist, Julien-Leopold Boilly, who would have been about 36 years old at the time the likeness was taken.