The peaked shade has eight panels with overlaid linear copper border decoration above a cove molded lower rim. The lamp retains four original sockets. The upper column consists of an octagonal capped vase-form with a dominant ogee profile over a round medial column which is slightly beveled in form and decorated with spaced, spirally arranged brass rods applied to its surface. The octagonal molded base repeats the ogee profile of the upper vase form.
A woman with curly hair and a scarf or bandeau around her hair sits sideways (facing left) on a couch, looking down. In her lap, seated at a right angle to the woman's legs, is a young child. Behind the couch is indication of drapery hanging.
Drawn on thin French transfer paper known as "papier végétal", this is one of a group of mother and child images that Whistler drew in 1891; it was not transfered to a stone for printing by Thomas Way until 1895.