The rich surface patterns and sparkling appearance of the beautiful geisha girl illustrate Henry's deft brushwork. Her elaborately dressed hair, embroidered kimono and fan, seen against a patterned screen and stylized representation of Mount Fuji, contribute to the painting's decorative character. Interest in such themes was stimulated in Glasgow by an exhibition of Oriental art held in the city in 1882. Unfortunately, many of Henry's canvases painted during his visit to Japan, financed by the shipping magnate William Burrell and the picture dealer Alexander Reid, were ruined on the return voyage. However, his experiences inspired a number of fine paintings, such as this one, made on his return.