The final test-piece by the sculpture scholar was accomplished in Rome in 1872, sent to the 14th tri-annual exhibition of the Academia Portuense de Belas-Artes and gold medallist at the Madrid World Fair of 1881.

The sinuous lines of the torso and members, the distant gaze of the figure and the presence of the sea, all lead to a Romantic interpretation of the work, inspired by a poem of exile written by Alexandre Herculano. As well as this literary reference to Portuguese Romanticism, another more nostalgic connotation can be added, proper to the perception of national decline, experienced at the end of the 20th century.