Rodin created this drypoint, his first ever print, when visiting the printmaker Alphonse Legros in his London studio. According to W. Shaw Sparrow (Auguste Rodin's Dry-Point Engravings', The Studio, no. 28, March 1903, pp. 88-93), he used a sewing needle to scratch the image onto the back of one of Legros' plates. The first state prints with the mark of the plate maker Hughes & Kimber, which was stamped into the reverse of the plate. In the second state this mark is burnished out, but in richly inked, early impressions such as the present one, it is still visible at the upper right of the globe.