The image, heavily influenced by Orientalism features Christ at the center, with a woman anointing and washing his feet on the right, taken from an account listed in all of the Gospels. Haynes seems to be inspired from the book of Matthew 26:6-13
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. "This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor." Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
Shown in the Royal Academy Exhibition of 1877.
40 x 74 in., unframed
50 x 84 in., framed.