The present portrait belongs to the period in Danloux's career after he had fled France and the Revolution for England in 1792. It was during these years that he became strongly influenced by the fashionable English portrait painters; Thomas Lawrence, John Hoppner and, in particular, George Romney.
His reputation in England was established with the exhibition of the Foster Children at the Royal Accademy, in 1793. This led to a number of commissions from British patrons taking him to Portsmouth in August 1795, and to Scotland in the autumn of 1796 where he painted the portrait of the Comte d'Artois, now in the Fitzwilliam, Cambridge, and the group portrait of the Family of the Duke of Buccleuch (private collection).
This work, dated 1798, is a fine example of the natural and spontaneous poses that characterize Danloux's portaits of children in landscapes.
Details such as the skilfully rendered riding crop are typical of the artist's enthusiasm for sitter's props, whilst illustrating the freer technique he had adopted at this late stage of his career, before his return to Paris in 1801.