Anna von Muralt belonged to a prestigious family in Switzerland. Born in 1767, she married the knight Hans Konrad von Escher, the mayor of Zurich, and died in 1830. This portrait was identified thanks to a miniature, probably made from this picture and preserved by a descendant with the surname Escher.
Anna is painted seated, wearing classical clothes in the fashion of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Her hair is bound with a ribbon, with a matching bracelet on her right hand, and a bouquet of roses to her right. Crossed hands and a Roman temple in the background completes the picture of quiet, bourgeois dignity.