This vibrantly coloured watercolour was painted as Russell Flint was approaching the height of his career. The subject matter of naked or semi-naked women was one for which the artist was renowned. Russell Flint worked as a lithographer early in his career, and his skill as a draughtsman is evident in his use of line and mastery of pattern. In this painting the plate, robe and backdrop are particularly detailed. The painting is also influenced by the artist’s early academic training, with the poses of the models suggesting the stylized poses seen on classical friezes. The portfolios and plate of apples, perhaps to be used as the subject for a still life, suggest an artist’s studio.