Based off of John Singleton Copley’s 1765 portrait ‘The Boy with the Squirrel’ which featured his half brother Henry Pelham posing with his pet. During the 18th century, it was common for young men to catch and train squirrels to present to ladies that they fancied in attempts to woo them. If the lady accepted the gift, then they were going steady.
This piece is a parody on this interesting historical narrative. In an attempt to outshine his competition, a young gentleman presents his love with a curious looking alien he managed to capture. He doesn’t get quite the enthusiastic response he expected.