This painting is a sketch. The figure is clearly defined and depicts a young girl or water nymph embracing a stork, surrounded by reeds and water plants. The painting had originally been squared in pencil to be copied to a larger canvas. It was decided after great deliberation to have the pencil lines removed for a better visual experience.
The picture is housed in a decorative early 18th century carved and gilded frame and has now been glazed to protect the unvarnished painting. The panel has an old but strong repair to a close split in the panel, lower right.
Bathing Nymphs had been a popular theme among Victorian artists including the Pre-Raphaelites, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, and John William Waterhouse.