This is a portrait of Jeannie Blyth, a gypsy flower seller who posed for Peploe on many occasions from the age of fifteen or sixteen. Her dark colouring and lack of self-consciousness made her one of his favourite models. The artist’s use of dark colours and loose brushwork in this painting shows the influence of Dutch art. Peploe had visited Holland in 1895 and returned with reproductions of paintings by Rembrandt and Frans Hals. He would also have been able to see their work at the Scottish National Gallery.