Confidences

Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1869

WAG 9098

About this object

Two women are having an intimate discussion. Their appearance and surroundings indicate that the setting is late Classical Rome. Alma-Tadema was born in Holland and began his career painting early medieval and then Egyptian subjects. He moved to London in 1870 and began to specialise in scenes of everyday life in Ancient Rome for the British market.

He had a superb knowledge of Roman costume, hairstyles, furniture, ornaments and utensils, together with a marvellous skill in painting their different textures and surfaces. He was probably the most technically accomplished of all Victorian artists.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Lawrence Alma-Tadema (Dutch, born:1836-01-08, died:1912-06-25)
  • Date
    1869
  • Materials
    Oil paint; Panel
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 55.5 cm x 37.6 cm; frame: 73 cm x 55.5 cm x 10 cm
  • Physical description
    Two young ladies sit on a cushioned bench, holding a flower taken from the table in front of them. A shelf above their heads is littered with luxurious objects and crouching lions are carved into the marble bench. The walls are coloured red which contrast with the tiled marble floor.
  • Related people
    Lawrence Alma-Tadema (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 9098
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by Frederick Barnes Waldon in 1976
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 08
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: 7108
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Frame
  • Inscription text: L ALMA TADEMA
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Painting; Stone chair
  • Inscription text: 2438 / ML
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Cradle
  • Inscription text:
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Painting; Stone chair
Object view = Fine Art
Page load time: 327 ms