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The Reproof

The young girl in this picture has been delayed, whilst running an errand for her elderly employer. The reason for her tardiness, a young beau, is visible in the doorway. O'Neill described this painting as 'no.2' on the reverse, which suggests that it is a replica of another painting, although no other version has been found. Here, a young lady is being reprimanded by an elder. A rose lies fallen …