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Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1869

WAG 9098

About this object

Alma-Tadema specialised in scenes from everyday life in Ancient Rome. Frequent visits to Italy meant that he had great knowledge of the classical period. He was famous for his representation of textures and the translucent quality of marble. This subject, depicting two young women, is typical of his work.

The Victorians were fascinated by the privileged life of the wealthy, as described in the ancient writings Ovid and Juvenal. The shelf above the girls’ heads is littered with luxurious objects such as perfume, hair pins and looking glasses. These suggest a lifestyle of self-indulgence and pleasure.

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

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Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: 7108
    Inscription method: Pencil
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    Inscription location: Frame
  • Inscription text: L ALMA TADEMA
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    Inscription location: Painting; Stone chair
  • Inscription text: 2438 / ML
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Cradle
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    Inscription location: Painting; Stone chair
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