Joseph Parkin Mayall
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. R.A.
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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. R.A., ca.1884
Photogravure, 166 X 217 mm
Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington (London).
From: F.G. Stephens (ed.), Artists at home photographed by J.P. Mayall, London 1884, pl.[10]
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The photograph shows Alma-Tadema's studio at Townsend House, after its reconstruction following the destruction caused by an explosion on a barge on the Regent's Canal in 1874. Alma-Tadema decorated the small first floor studio in a Pompeian style, with a dark red ceiling and red and yellow wall panels with garlands and medallions. Over the fireplace can be seen a bronze bust of his wife backed by a curtain of cloth of gold. On the easel appears to be a variation of the watercolour 'A declaration' 1883 and just below it, on the floor, is a reproduction of 'Anthony and Cleopatra', 1883. The studio also housed Alma-Tadema's extensive collection of photographs.

A watercolour of 'The Drawing Room at Townsend House' by Alma-Tadema's daughter Anna, is in the Royal Academy's Collection.

This image is from the following book
Artists At Home Photographed By J.P. Mayall, And Reproduced In Facsimile By Photo-Engraving On Copper Plates. Edited, With Biographical Notices And Descriptions, By F.G. Stephens   - London: 1884. [All rights reserved.]