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.
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.
Colin McKay Smith, Daily Telegraph, ‘The National Art Gallery of New South Wales’, Sydney, 13 Apr 1897.
R St John Tyrwhitt, The contemporary review, vol 11, ‘Pictures of the year’, London, May 1869, pp 355–74: p 362.
National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906, p 7, no 12.
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).
Unknown, 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.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2014–15, Sydney, 2015, p 31.
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).
The Art Journal, 'Art notes', London, Apr 1884, pp 126–27: p 127.
The Art Journal, 'Selected pictures', London, Mar 1871, pp 72–73: p 72.
The Art Journal, ‘The Royal Academy – The one hundred and first exhibition’, London, Jun 1869, pp 161–72: p 168.
The exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, MDCCCLXIX, the one hundred and first, London, 1869, p 15, no 174.
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.
Unknown, Beyond Missolonghi, Melbourne, 1994, illus p 5.
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 .
Patricia Crawford, History and legend in some selected paintings at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1980, p 11, illus p 11.
National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1924, p 30, no 79.
National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1917, p 14, no 12.