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Title

Bertram Mackennal holding his sculpture 'Salome' c.1895


Artist

Unknown

United Kingdom


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.


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


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

74