The epitome of the femme fatale, the Biblical figure of Salome was a popular subject for fin de siècle artists and writers. Shortly before Bertram Mackennal created his 'Salome' c1895, Oscar Wilde's sensational play of the same title had debuted in Paris. Mackennal's work was issued in a large edition of twenty, capitalising on the interest in Wilde's play. Editions of 'Salome' c1895 are held in the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
This photograph was illustrated in an unattributed 1931 obituary notice for Mackennal, kept in his archive.
gelatin silver photograph
20.6 x 15.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
National Art Archive. Gift of the artist's granddaughter, Pauline Kraay, 2012
Not on display