Liverpool-born Worrall lived in the city all his life. The setting for this picture is probably his house at 231 Upper Parliament Street. The girl may have been Worrall’s eldest daughter Amy. She was six years old when Escaped was painted but died the same year. The title and subject of the picture – a bird’s loss from its cage – may have been inspired by her death. Alternately, Escaped was perhaps a commentary on the restricted lives of young middle class women in the mid-19th century. 'Escaped' was exhibited at the Liverpool Institution of Fine Arts in 1865.