Hunt found many models in Hastings. One family, called the Swains, supplied him for many years. He took the oldest of the lads into his service as his page and model, until he outgrew the office. He was replaced by the next brother, who in turn made room for the youngest of the three. Their faces appear in a number of Hunt’s works during the 1830s. It is probably a Swain boy who is dressed as a water carrier in this work.