Postcrosser Annis from Shanghai only said that 'this painting is usually called The Portrait of a Lady', and I haven't been able to find any other information on it.
She looks tired. Perhaps she has just sat down after a long day and can barely keep her eyes open to read. She is still managing to sit elegantly with a straight back and her head resting lightly in her right hand. Her clothing is unpatterned save for the little bit of black and white peeking through on her sash and under apron. I've been trying to figure out the loose ribbon, but am coming up blank.