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Title

Bertram Mackennal holding his sculpture 'Salome' c.1895

Artist

Unknown

England

  • Details

    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    Dimensions
    20.6 x 15.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    National Art Archive. Gift of the artist's granddaughter, Pauline Kraay, 2012
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    ARC354.39.1
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

    81

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  • About

    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.

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