This piece portrays the daughter of friends of Degas inside with Cassatt's dog. Mary Cassatt submitted the painting to the American section of the 1878 Paris Exposition universelle and was rejected. One reason could be the portrayed posture of the female subject. In a plush drawing room, a little girl sprawls on an armchair, her clothes slightly askew, her look slightly bored. Author Judith A. Barter reasons, "The young model can be perceived as totally unconscious and innocent or as coquettish and sexually precocious." The diagonal drape of her limbs over the chair contrasts with the constraining cummerbund around her dress, suggesting the social conventions that will mold the girl later in life.