signed and numbered 'L Alma Tadema. op CLXXVI' (lower right) pencil and watercolour with scratching out on paper 14 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. (37.8 x 27.6 cm.)
Alma-Tadema painted several pictures treating the subject of the Roman Baths from 1875 onwards, possibly due to his acquisition of a large portfolio of photographs of Pompeii and the exhibits in the Museum at Naples around this time. The servant carries the tools of his trade, a sponge and strigils to scrape the oil from the skin.