An Allegory of Freedom: Large mid 19th century oil of a child releasing a bird from a cage
The unusual subject matter of this painting may refer to the allegory used often in Victorian art, of a bird being released from its cage to fly away for
ever, whilst the girl child will never be able to enjoy the same freedom and escape from her gilded cage. The hovering presence of the maid in the doorway representing the
constant control and scrutiny under which she will live her life.