According to Conger, op. cit., this work, as well two other images in the series, may have had as their starting point a number of contemporary works extolling the virtues (or absurdities) of the toilet bowl - Marcel Duchamp's Fountain, for example, exhibited in New York some years earlier and James Joyce's description of bathroom functions in Ulysses. Weston's Daybook entry of October 21 describes at length his passion for his new 'subject':
'...Never did the Greeks reach a more significant consummation to their culture, and it somehow reminded me, in the glory of its chaste convolutions and its swelling, sweeping forward movement of finely progressing contours, of the Victory of Samothrace.'
Early prints of this image are considered rare.