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Study for the painting 'Antistius Labeon: AD 75'; group of figures looking at a work resting on an easel, including one at right standing and leaning forward with right foot resting on seat
Pen and brown ink, with graphite
- Production date
- 1874 (after)
Height: 221 millimetres
Width: 294 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Sheets attached to modern mount, under overthrow, with details including biographical information on the artist. Thought by Swanson (174) to be a Study for 'Antistius Labeon: AD 75'. Labeon was a Roman amateur artist who was noted for his genre work depicting scenes of domestic life in ancient Rome. Alma-Tadema identified with him and included a self-portrait as Labeon and re-inforced the personal resonannces of the work by including his wife, Laura, gazing at the painting on the easel, and his relations Washington Epps at the left and George Napoleon Epps at the right, the elder of the two men.
Alexander Orlov of Moscow (October 2010) has pointed out that this drawing is not a study for the oil but a drawing made after it by Alma-Tadema in1878 for a wood-engraving for the PR editions of the 1878 World Paris exhibition. He notes that 'croquis' in this instance means a drawing after, not a study for. See E.Bergerat, «Les chefs-d'oeuvre d'art a l'Exposition universelle 1878. Tome 1», L.Baschet, Paris, 1878, pp.140-43.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
Acquired by French from the Leger Gallery.
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