This is a painted version of one of the sisters featured in Brockhurst’s 1928 etching, ‘The West of Ireland’. Brockhurst told the story that this child was not favoured by her mother, whom he had also depicted, and so committed suicide by drowning herself. The artist claimed the image was a premonition of this. This idea reflects his interest in the often irrational mysteries of humanity. With heavy eyelids, the girl stares vacantly out of the work, as if she is having some other-worldly experience.