This illustration is from Jane Austen's 1816 novel Emma. In it, Emma Woodhouse- the protagonist- fancies herself a skilled matchmaker and is attempting to arrange a romance between her friend Harriet Smith and the local vicar, Mr. Elton. With this end in mind, she gets Harriet to sit for a portrait while Mr. Elton is visiting. When he evinces great interest in the project, Emma takes this as proof positive that he is enamoured of Harriet. What she doesn't realize is that Mr. Elton, a shameless social climber, has actually set his sights on the wealthy Miss Woodhouse. His professed interest in Harriet's portrait is actually an attempt to curry favour with Emma. This eventually results in her being subjected to an extremely mortifying proposal scene, and Harriet having her feelings hurt because Emma had convinced her that Mr. Elton was in love with her.