The present model represents Tamara de Svirsky (1883-1972), the celebrated Russian-born dancer, known for dancing barefoot. Svirsky performed in many leading roles around the world, creating a sensation in the United States.
In 1909, Troubetzkoy gave a cast of this celebrated bronze to the Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla, who then included it in the background of his painting 'Clotilde on the Sofa' painted in 1910 and now in the Sorolla Museum, Madrid (Exhibition catalogue, Prince Paul Troubetzkoy: The Belle Epoque Captured in Bronze, Sladmore Gallery, London, May 21-June 27, p. 71).
For a comparable model, see Exhibition catalogue, Catalogue of Sculpture by Prince Paul Troubetzkoy, Chicago, 1912, no. 43; also, Exhibition catalogue, Paolo Troubetzkoy 1866-1938, Museo del Paesaggio, Verbania, 29 April-29 July 1990, p. 16. A similar model was sold Christie's, New York, 24 April 2009, lot 112.