Out of sight from an elderly woman sitting just behind her at the edge of the shadows, her hands working at a task in her lap, a young girl reaches for grapes from a table overflowing with baskets and plates of produce. Her actions are illuminated by candlelight, and the soft light highlights her surprised look as though she has just been caught by someone outside the composition. The painting, an oil on canvas laid down, is signed lower right "J. ROSIERSE", and its framed dimensions measure: 28 1/2 x 24 inches.
As a youth, Johannes Rosierse (Dutch 1818-1901), was apprenticed to a shoemaker before becoming a pupil of the artist, Michael Versteeg (1746-1843). He was a painter of figures, interiors and market scenes, but it is as a painter of these subjects by lamplight or candlelight that he is renowned. Rosierse worked and exhibited in Amsterdam, Groningen and The Hague, and briefly in Leeuwarden in 1855.