This is the picture as DGR originally executed it, with Fanny Cornforth as the model. It
was painted in 1864, but in 1872-1873 DGR
substituted the face of Alexa
for that of Fanny Cornforth. Almost no one has been happy with the change.
watercolor replica in the Metropolitan Museum, in
which Cornforth is the model, gives some better idea of what this painting must have looked
Marillier supplies a black and white reproduction from a contemporary photograph.
of the painting refers to this original oil work.
The painting was commissioned by Frederick Leyland in 1866 but not finished until 1868 (or
perhaps even 1869).
The critical remarks by
Stephens testify to the power of this picture in its original state.