In Greek mythology, Andromeda was the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, king and queen of Ethiopia. Cassiopeia bragged that she was more beautiful than the Nereids, which drew the fury of Poseidon, who sent a sea monster to ravage the Ethiopian coast. To stop the destruction, Cepheus decided to sacrifice his daughter to the monster and had her chained to a rock on the coast of Jaffa. At the last minute, Andromeda was rescued by Perseus, who killed the monster. He later married her.
Narjot studied art in Paris before coming to California, with the Gold Rush, in 1849. At first he painted mining activities, but soon turned to landscapes, portraits, and academic figure paintings like this one. He exhibited this painting in Sacramento at the 1890 California State Fair.