In the Purkyně family Marie Purkyňová, born Wiedermannová, (1841-1914) went under the pet name of "mistress Marjánka" or "the blond". She came from Wroclaw, daughter of the singer Max Wiedermann and his wife, the actress Helena, born Dolejšová. Marie married Karel Purkyně in February 1860 and this portrait is from the same year. Purkyně painted it over an older portrait of Marie Wiedermannová, at the time his fiancée. In his treatment he modified the composition and substantially interfered even with the looks of the model, portraying his blond wife with dark hair and changing the original pale-blue dress into a historicizing flaming-red costume.