Lourens Alma Tadema
(Dronrijp 1836 – Wiesbaden 1912)
A Picture Gallery in Rome (1874)
Signed and numbered OP C X.XIII
Watercolour and ink on paper, 42.1 x 42.3 cm
– Maas Gallery, London
– Private collection, The Netherlands
This watercolour is based on a section of the renowned painting by Alma-Tadema titled The Picture Gallery, which also dates from 1874, and is part of the collection of the Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum in Burnley. The young man’s features resemble those of Charles Deschamps; the cousin of the owner of an earlier version of The Picture Gallery, painted in 1873. Like his uncle Deschamps was an art dealer, just as Henry Wallis, who is probably also depicted on this watercolour.