This is a painting of a little Victorian girl selling flowers in Trafalgar Square in London. The artist William Logsdail was well-known for his large-scale realistic scenes of London. He painted this picture sitting in a carriage in Trafalgar Square, his feet covered with straw to protect them from the cold. It is the most famous of his London scenes.
Logsdail is highlighting the plight of child street sellers like this little girl. It was a very hard life for them, as they had to get up very early and not go home until very late, if they had a home to go to. What do you think she is thinking? What kind of home and family do you think she will go back to tonight? Look at the lovely clothes of the lady and her daughter behind the flower girl. What different lives they must have!
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