Esther allant implorer auprès d'Assuérus la grâce de son peuple
oil on canvas
139.5 x 110.0 cm stretcher; 137.3 x 108.2 cm sight; 175.2 x 145.8 x 11.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r., black oil "J. Portaels". Not dated.
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Royal Academy of Arts, 1869, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1869–1869
Salon and Academie: the charm of tradition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1984–May 1985
Elizabeth Gertsakis: Beyond Missolonghi:
A fine possession: jewellery and identity, Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, 24 Sep 2014–20 Jun 2016
Messrs Wallis & Sons, French Gallery, London, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Messrs Wallis & Sons, French Gallery 1884
Referenced in 21 publications
Anon., Sydney Morning Herald, no 15348, 'Pictures in Sydney – Figure painting at the Art Gallery', Sydney, 04 Jun 1887, p 6.
Anon., The Times, no 26441, ‘Exhibition of the Royal Academy: Fourth article’, London, 19 May 1869, p 5.
Anon., Sydney Morning Herald, no 14381, 'Fine arts ', Sydney, 30 Apr 1884, p 8.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2014–15, Sydney, 2015, p 31.
Patricia Crawford, History and legend in some selected paintings at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1980, p 11, illus p 11.
Elizabeth Gertsakis, Beyond Missolonghi, Melbourne, 1994, illus p 5.
Henry King and Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Photographs of pictures in the Art Gallery of New South Wales [picture album], , illus pl 64a.
George Redford, Art sales. A history of sales of pictures and other works of art. In two volumes. Vol II, London, 1888, p 207. 'Esther before Ahasuerus' bt in.
Colin McKay Smith, Daily Telegraph, ‘The National Art Gallery of New South Wales’, Sydney, 13 Apr 1897.
Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales: Minutes 2.6.1898-13.3.1903, Sydney, 1898-1903, p 234 (3 Apr 1900), p 272 (20 July 1900), p 289 (21 Sep 1900), p 323 (18 Jan 1901).
Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales: Minutes 31.8.1880-4.8.1891, Sydney, 1880-1891, pp 192–93 (5 May 1884), p 195 (12 May 1884).
R St John Tyrwhitt, The contemporary review, vol 11, ‘Pictures of the year’, London, May 1869, pp 355–74: p 362.
Anna Waldmann, Renée Free and Nicholas Draffin, Salon and Académie: the charm of tradition: a catalogue of nineteenth-century European salon works, Sydney, 1984, pp , [42–43], illus p .
National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1917, p 14, no 12.
The Art Journal, 'Selected pictures', London, Mar 1871, pp 72–73: p 72.
National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1924, p 30, no 79.
The exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, MDCCCLXIX, the one hundred and first, London, 1869, p 15, no 174.
The Art Journal, ‘The Royal Academy – The one hundred and first exhibition’, London, Jun 1869, pp 161–72: p 168.
National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906, p 7, no 12.
Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales, with illustrations, drawn by E L Montefiore, Esq, published by sanction of the Trustees, Sydney, 1884, p 33, no 96, illus (sketch by EL Montefiore) p 33.
The Art Journal, 'Art notes', London, Apr 1884, pp 126–27: p 127.