During the 19th century, genre scenes were a popular subject throughout Europe. Paul Seignac specialized in genre paintings depicting children, rural life and everyday scenes, such as the present work which shows an endearing interior scene. Born in Bordeaux in 1826, Seignac became a pupil of Edouard Picot (1786-1868) in Paris. Seignac exhibited at the Paris Salon, making his debut in 1849, and received an honourable mention in 1889. His works were, and remain, popular with collectors in France, England and the United States.
His works can be found in museums in Ajaccio Corsica, and Reims.