A Summer Night

Albert Joseph Moore, 1885 - 1890

WAG 2125

About this object

'A Summer Night' is one of the masterpieces of English Aestheticism. Four female figures rest on a terrace overlooking a moonlit sea. They are each alike in character and form and shown in various stages of semi-undress.

Moore may have intended them to be viewed as a series of successive moments showing the same woman, a technique that could reflect the early development of sequential photography. He may have also been inspired by the famous Roman Portland Vase which shows women in a variety of poses and variously occupied. Moore would have seen the Vase in the British Museum when he entered London’s Royal Academy Schools in 1858.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Albert Joseph Moore (British: English, born:1841-09-04, died:1893-09-25)
  • Date
    1885 - 1890
  • Materials
    Oil paint; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 132 cm x 228.5 cm
  • Physical description
    Four half naked women partially wrapped in white drapery lie in various positions on a decorative golden balcony. There is a moonlit lagoon in the background.
  • Related people
    Albert Joseph Moore (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2125
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery from the Liverpool Autumn Exhibition in 1890
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Temporary Exhibition Area, Rooms A B or C
  • Collection
    From the World Museum collections
Object view = Fine Art
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