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An image of Cleopatra by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

(England, Netherlands 08 Jan 1836 – 28 Jun 1912)

Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

54.6 x 66.7 cm sight; 73.5 x 85.8 x 6.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., brown paint "L Alma-Tadema op CXLVI".
Gift of Sir Herbert Thompson 1920
Accession number
19th c European art
Provenance (3)

Pilgeram and Lefevre, 1875-circa 1882, London/England, Commissioned by Pilgeram and Lefevre, sold circa 1882 to Sir Henry Thompson.

Sir Henry Thompson, circa 1882-1904, London/England, Surgeon and pupil of Alma-Tadema. Father of Sir Herbert Thompson.

Sir Herbert Thompson, 1904-1920, London/England, Gift of Sir Herbert Thompson 1920. An Egyptologist, Sir Thompson donated the painting to the AGNSW after members of his cousin's family (Mrs Montague Grover, Sydney) admired it.

Bibliography (14)

Roger Benjamin, Ursula Prunster, Lynne Thornton and Mounira Khemir, Orientalism - Delacroix to Klee, Sydney, 1997, 95 (colour illus.). 36

R. Dircks., Art Annual, Article written, 1910.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 7 (illus.).

Renée Free and Peter Laverty, Victorian Olympians, Sydney, 1975, 14-15, 53 (illus.). 4

Jasper Griffin, The Australian Review of Books, 'Tales of the city', pg. 25-26, Surry Hills, Jul 1998, 25 (colour illus.).

Peter Haynes (Compilator), Famous people: a selective who's who from works in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1981, 3 (illus.).

Alison Inglis, Queens & sirens: archaeology in 19th century art and design, 'The Past is not a Foreign Country', pg. 4-5, Geelong, 1998, 5, 9 (illus.). 2, fig. 3

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800-1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 44. 20

Michelle Lovric, Cleopatra's face: fatal beauty, London, 2001, 49 (colour illus.).

Musées d'art et d'historie, Genève, Cléopâtre dans le miroir de l'art occidental, 2004, 358 (colour illus.). fig.1, illustrated in reference to

Percy Standing, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 1905, 73, 74, 98.

Vern Swanson, The biography and catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 1990, 182, 360 (illus.). 184

H. Zimmern., Art Annual, Article written, 1902.

H. Zimmern, Art Annual, 'L. Alma Tadema, his life and work', London, 1886, 19.

Exhibition history (12)

Royal Scottish Academy, 1875, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1875–1875

Unknown, Brussels 1875, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 1875–1875

Royal Academy of Arts, 1876, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1876–1876

Fair women, Grafton Galleries, London, Summer 1894–Summer 1894

Contemporary British Artists, collection of copies of masterpieces (Spring Exhibition), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 12 Mar 1908–26 Apr 1908

Royal Academy of Arts winter exhibition, 1913, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Winter 1913–Winter 1913

Unknown, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1913–1913

Victorian Olympians:

Orientalism - Delacroix to Klee, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Dec 1997–22 Feb 1998

Queens & Sirens: archaeology in 19th century art and design, Geelong Art Gallery, 26 Sep 1998–01 Nov 1998

Love and death: art in the age of Queen Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Mar 2002–12 May 2002

Unknown, Grosvenor Gallery, England 1882, Grosvenor Gallery, London, England, Winter 1882-1883–Winter 1882-1883