Solomon’s watercolour represents the luxuriant mood that dominated progressive art in the mid-1860s. There was a new fondness for subjects that invoked a sense of luxury or pleasure without any narrative or historical significance. This classically inspired scene shows a young girl in a beautiful red dress filling a vase with water.
There is a deliberate erotic charge to subjects of this kind. The spectator is invited to imagine the girls’ thoughts as she gazes distractedly at the flowing water and filling vessel.