Joseph Gott (1785-1860) worked as an apprentice in the studio of John Flaxman. He had a successful career, and produced a variety of works in marble, including mythological and biblical figures. This model is related to a series of small-scale terracottas of sleeping mythological figures which Gott was known to have executed in the 1820s and early 1830s, such as A Sleeping Bacchante, A Sleeping Venus, and A Sleeping Nymph (Leeds, op. cit., G45, G48, G56, pp. 44-45).