Waterhouse studied at the Royal Academy Schools in the 1870s; the early works he produced were of a classical style and were heavily influenced by artists such as Leighton and Alma-Tadema. He made several trips to Italy where he found inspiration for his paintings and began to produce large canvases using classical compositions and the Pre-Raphaelite concepts of beautiful women who were ultimately tragic or powerful.
He was active several decades after the break-up of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which had seen its heyday in the mid-nineteenth century, leading him to be known as "the modern Pre-Raphaelite". Borrowing stylistic influences not only from the earlier Pre-Raphaelites but also from his contemporaries, the Impressionists, his artworks were known for their depictions of women from both ancient Greek mythology and Arthurian legend.
Boreas was the Greek God of the wind from the north. His name translates directly to “north wind.” He was one of four seasonal wind Gods. In addition, he was the God of winter. According to mythology, he would sweep down from the Thrake mountains and bring the cold with him, causing the air to chill through the use of his icy breathing. Beyond his home in the mountains was Hyperborea, which was a mythological land where spring lasted forever, untouched by the icy breath of the god. At one point, Boreas wanted a wife. He chose to carry off Oreithyia, whose name translates as “mountain gale.” She was the daughter of a King of Athens, King Erekhtheus. At the time, the girl had been playing by the riverside in a meadow. Boreas had multiple children with her, including Khione and the Boreades. Khione was the goddess of snow, while the Boreades were a pair of heroes with wings.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-977: card size 7" x 5" (178mm x 127mm)