The reclining female form became a major subject for sculptors during the early part of the twentieth century. In a number of terracotta sculptures Dobson explored this theme, producing works that unselfconsciously celebrate the female form. Dobson was influenced by such artists as the French sculptor Aristide Maillol (1861-1944), who had reinterpreted the classical tradition in Western sculpture, emphasising the static and monumental qualities of the human figure. Dobson's terracotta figure group conveys a sense of ease and tranquility. The relaxed pose of the women evokes an imaginary mediterranean idyll during what was a period of increasing menace, as the threat of Fascism cast a shadow across Europe.