Ashcroft’s study of this girl is more than just an observation of her anatomy: her pose, shape and form, it is an insight into her personality. The precision with which we can empathise with the young girl’s emotions is down to Ashcroft’s preeminent technical ability. The girl’s contemplative mood is demonstrated to us by the tilt of her head and her downwards gaze. The muted tones allow her stillness to transcend beyond the painting’s dimensions and out into our space. This is a truly captivating artwork that has a dialogue with art history.