Katherine Schmidt created this frank portrait of the daughter of her African American maid, Almeda, in 1937. Schmidt studied at the Art Students League and was one of the earliest members of the Whitney Studio Club. This work was first exhibited in a one-woman show at Edith Halpert's Downtown Gallery in 1939. The New York Times commented: "Katherine Schmidt, whose realistic and humorous genre subjects are well known, has turned to the 'social scene' for her latest inspiration . . . workmen, shopgirls and everyday types . . ."