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A juggler



Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

England, Netherlands

08 Jan 1836 - 28 Jun 1912


Alternative title

Un jongleur



Media category


Materials used

oil on panel


77.8 x 48.4 cm sight; 126.0 x 78.0 x 7.3 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated u.r., oil "Alma Tadema 1870".


Gift of John and Julie Schaeffer 1999

Accession number


Artist information

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Ernest Gambart, 1870, London/England, [dealer] Commissioned by Gambart, sold 1870

José de Murietta, Marquis de Santurce, post 1870, Spain

Christie's London, 30 Apr 1892, London/England,

Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, 30 Apr 1892-1893, London/England, purchased by Arthur Tooth & Sons from Christie's London, 30 April 1892, lot no. 149, 810gn

Mr Biesing, 1893

Diligentia, Dec 1893, The Hague/Netherlands

N.A. Streengracht van Moyland, pre 10 Sep 1895, Netherlands

Messrs Alfred Preyer, 10 Sep 1895, Amsterdam/Netherlands, lot 102, sold to Messrs Braskamp, Amsterdam 12,000 guilders

Messrs Braskamp, post 10 Sep 1895, Amsterdam/Netherlands

Stephen G. Holland, 1897, London/England, In the collection of Stephen G. Holland by 1897

Christie's London, 25 Jun 1908, London/England, lot no. 110

Messrs Wallace, post 25 Jun 1908, London/England, Purchased 25 June 1908 from Christie's London, lot 110, 300gn

Private Collection, pre 1977, Texas/United States of America, Sold 1977.

Maurice Sternberg Galleries, 1977-May 1978, Chicago/Illinois/United States of America

Charles Jerdein, May 1978-19 Mar 1979, London/England

Private Collection, post 1979, United States of America

Auslander and Wittgenstein, 1984-1985, New York/New York/United States of America, [dealer]

Christie's London, 07 Nov 1997, London/England, 'Fine Victorian pictures, drawings and other works of art', lot 85 - 'The property of a gentleman'

John and Julie Schaeffer, 07 Nov 1997-Feb 1999, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of John and Julie Schaeffer 1999. Purchased by Mrs and Mrs Schaeffer at Christie's London, 7 Novemeber 1997 'Fine Victorian pictures, drawings and other works of art', lot 85 - 'The property of a gentleman'.

Referenced in 41 publications


Atkinson J Beavington, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 'Contemporary art – poetic and positive: Rossetti and Alma-Tadema – Linnell and Lawson', Edinburgh, Mar 1883, pp 392–411: p 403.

Robert Dein, Look, 'The gladiator connection', Melbourne, Nov 2000, p 13, col illus p 13.

Rudolf Dircks, Art Journal, ‘The art annual: the later works of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’, London, Dec 2010, p 27.

Terry Ingram, Australian Financial Review, ‘Saleroom: Juggling act in the art of giving’, Sydney, 14 Jan 1999, p 26, illus p 26.

Bruce James, Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Flies in the face of reality’, Sydney, 24 Apr 1999, p 12.

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Victorians in togas', Melbourne, Mar 1999, pp 6–7, col illus p 7 and on cover. The image appearing on the cover is a detail of the work.

Michael Reid, Weekend Australian, 'Give the artful tax dodger a break', Sydney, 27 Nov 1999-28 Nov 1999, p 35, col illus p 35.

Michael Reid, Weekend Australian, ‘Art market: treasures go public with tax breaks’, Canberra, 13 Mar 1999-14 Mar 1999, p 4, illus p 4.

[F G Stephens], Athenaeum, 'The Royal Academy (second notice)', London, 07 May 1870, pp 618–19.

A G Temple, Magazine of Art, 'The Gassiot Bequest to the City of London', London, 1903, pp 518–20: p 520.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, OM, RA, London, 1905, pp 50, 72–73, illus opp p 50.

The art of painting in the Queen's reign, being a glance at some of the painters and paintings of the British school during the last sixty years, London, 1897, pp 192–93 (as ‘Un Jongleur’), illus opp p 192.

Illustrated London News, London, 14 May 1870, p 503.

Sir Lawrence Alam-Tadema: the painter of the Victorian vision of the ancient world, London, 1977, p 136, no LXXVII. As location unknown.

The exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, MDCCCLXX, the one hundred and second, London, 1870, p 12, no 153.

British painters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, London, [1880], p 138.

Illustrated Sydney News, ‘The Art Gallery of NSW’, Sydney, 20 Nov 1880, pp 10–11: p 10.

The Grosvenor Gallery: winter exhibition, London, 1882-1883, p 9, no 27.

Athenaeum, ‘The Grosvenor Gallery exhibition’, London, 09 Dec 1882, pp 778–80: p 779.

The art annual: L Alma Tadema Royal Academician: his life and work, London, 1886, p 13.

Catalogue of the first portion of the valuable collection of modern pictures and water-colour drawings lately the property of the Messrs Murietta, London, 30 Apr 1892-03 May 1892, p 23, no 149.

Catalogue des tableaux modernes de la collection de Monsieur le Baron N A Steengracht van Moyland à la Haye ..., Amsterdam, 10 Sep 1895, p 64, no 102, illus as frontispiece.

Eigen Haard, Netherlands, 1895, p 600, illus p 601.

Catalogue of the loan collection of pictures by painters of the British school who have flourished during Her Majesty’s reign, London, 1897, p 64, no 104.

The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of contributors and their work from its foundation in 1769 to 1904, London, 1905-1906, vol 1, 1905, p 28.

Catalogue of the highly important collection of modern pictures and water colour drawings of the English and continental schools of Stephen G Holland esq, deceased, late of 56 Porchester Terrace, W., London, 25 Jun 1908-29 Jun 1908, p 23, no 110.

The Magazine Antiques, New York, Mar 1978, col illus p 470. Maurice Sternberg Galleries advertisement.

Highly important Victorian paintings and drawings, London, 19 Mar 1979, p 59, no 28, col illus p 58. Catalogue does not specify vendors.

‘Imagining Rome’: British artists and Rome in the 19th century, Bristol, 1996, pp 136–38, no 48.

Christie’s International Magazine, London, Nov 1997, col illus p 107.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 1989, np, col illus pl 3. As 'Egyptian Juggler'.

The biography and catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 1990, p 156, no 119. As 'location unknown'.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Amsterdam, 1996-1997, pp 156–59, no 20, col illus p 157.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1999, Sydney, 1999, pp 6, 20, 52, col illus p 6.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2000, Sydney, 2000, p 19.

Pre-Raphaelites and Olympians: selected works of Victorian art from the John and Julie Schaeffer and the Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, Sydney, 2001, unnumbered, pp 5, 46, 48, col illus p 48.

Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 2001, pp 48, 52, 57, 91, 147, col illus pp 1 (detail), 43.

19th century European art including the orientalist sale, New York, 23 Oct 2008, col illus p 316 (under no 179).

Fine Victorian pictures, drawings and other works of art, London, 07 Nov 1997, p 68, no 85; col illus p 69 and on cover. Lot. 85.

Times, ‘The Royal Academy exhibition (first article)’, London, 30 Apr 1870, p 12.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1999, 'Director's Introduction'; 'Collections: European Art Before 1900', Sydney, 1999, pp 6, 20, col illus p 6.