The Egyptian style of this work reflects a 19th century fascination with the East encouraged by easier travel via railways and steamships and new archaeological discoveries. Following the success of The Singer, in 1893 Ford produced a companion, Applause. The figure is clapping while music or dance is performed. Ford researched his Egyptian symbols carefully and around the base are ancient Egyptian deities in silver and an inscription from the ‘Song of the Harpist of Thebes’. The snakes are symbols of the kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt.