Apperley was largely self-taught but spent some time under Herkomer at The Bushey School of Art. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1905 and widely on the Continent, and in 1916 he moved to Spain. Apperley began to paint large figurative oils in the Art Nouveau style peculiar to the Catalonians known as ‘Modernisme’, earlier defined by the painters Santiago Rusiñol and Ramon Casas. Apperley’s erotically charged paintings are often of subjects from Greek mythology, Orphic mysteries and fantasies of Asia. It is possible that the model for this picture was his first wife Hilda, whom he left in England with his two children when he moved to Spain.