Spending time in Paris, Etchells was well acquainted with the Continental avant-garde, and was on friendly terms with Picasso, Braque and Modigliani. In London he formed a friendship with Roger Fry and through him other members of the Bloomsbury Group. Later he gravitated towards Wyndham Lewis and the Vorticists. Both Etchells’s sister Jessie and Madge Pulsford modelled for this painting, so it is not a formal portrait but rather a study in mood and style. The broken touches of paint and soft, Fauve-like colouring show how close Etchell’s work was to Duncan Grant’s at this time.