This is one of many studies for a large painting now in the Ulster Museum, Belfast entitled The Amazon. It shows the artist's daughter, Eileen, on horseback holding a lance and standing on a promontory overlooking a North African landscape. Of the numerous studies that exist, some depict the horse trotting, others show different positions of the lance, some are half-lengths of the figure, and there is at least one known study of the head of the girl. In the final composition in Belfast, Lavery painted the horse white.
We are grateful to Professor Kenneth McConkey for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.