This is an oil on canvas of little Charles Munro.
Yes, little boys wore outfits that looked like dresses then.
The back of the painting has August 1843 and Age 4 years.
Do you think the bird is supposed to be a chicken?
Hands were quickly painting but do look like those of a child.
You can see the brown ink identification at the bottom.
Blue eyes and rosy cheeks on a round face. There are about 20 little boys on the 1850 census who have his name and age.