The painting by the British painter Alice Squire appears to show a governess in her attic room. The room is equipped with the essentials such as a small desk, a chair, a bathtub, and a washbasin. The space seems rather cramped; the bed has moved close to the fireplace. At the same time the interior with pictures, plants, and pets conveys a certain coziness.
Alice Squire (1840–1936), Young woman reading in an attic bedroom, watercolor on paper, 16 x 23 cm, Great Britain 1861; image source: Courtesy of The Geffrye Museum London, © Geffrye Museum, London. Purchased with the assistance of the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and The Art Fund.