Oval, pencil and watercolour, 22.9cm by 27.9cm. Inscribed, signed and dated September 4th 1906 on the backboard.
Edith and David, Lord Burghley, were the the two eldest children of William, 5th Marquess of Exeter (1876-1956) and his wife Myra (1879-1973). In the Burghley Archives, a letter from Edith Scannell, dated 18th August 1906, advises Lady Exeter that ‘she will be very pleased to undertake two drawings of a little boy and girl at a cost of 7 guineas the pair’. Edith Scannell was noted for her portraits of children, which displayed a charming innocence and freshness and she exhibited widely, both in England and on the Continent.