Record number 07/3437
TitleLaurence Alma Tadema, R.A. - A Sketch Of His Life And Work. With A Portrait, An Autograph, And Twenty-Two Illustrations.
ImprintLondon:: Berlin Photographic Company, 133, New Bond Street, 1895.
Physical Description[2], 21, [1] p., [23] pl. (incl. frontis. port.); 474 mm.
Physical Description NoteThe plates carry no numbers but are assigned numbers in 'List Of Illustrations' and on the plate-guards.
Content Format Note[Unnumbered leaf with note on print-run, half-t., frontis. (= pl. [I]), t.p.] - List Of Illustrations - [Divisional title p., 'Laurence Alma Tadema, R.A. A Sketch Of His Life And Work. Edited By F.G. Stephens'] - Note (by F.G. Stephens) - [Text] - [Colophon] - [Plates].
Summary NoteA publication-date appears on some plates - of 1892 (pl. 17), 1893 (pl. 19, 21) or 1894 (pl. 20, 22).

The half-title reads: 'Laurence Alma Tadema, R.A. A Sketch Of His Life And Work. Edited By F.G. Stephens.'

The 'Autograph' mentioned on the title page appears on the frontispiece, which is signed in pencil, 'L Alma Tadema'.

The plates are captioned on the plate-guards and in the List Of Illustrations. They show: 1. (front.) Alma Tadema in his studio, from a photograph taken in 1895; 2. Audience at Agrippa's (1875); 3. Sculptor's model (1877); 4. Hearty welcome (1878); 5. George Henschel (1879); 6. Felix & Mrs. Semon (1880); 7. Ave Caesar Io Saturnalia (1880); 8. Sappho (1880); 9. Hans Richter (1881); 10. Idyl (1882); 11. Ludwig Barnay as Mark Antony (1882); 12. Antony and Cleopatra (1883); 13. My daughter Anna (1883); 14. Old story (watercolor) (1883); 15. Reading from Homer (1885); 16. Shrine of Venus (1888); 17. Earthly Paradise (1891); 18. Love's votaries (1891); 19. Paderewski (1892); 20. In my studio (1893); 21. Unconscious rivals (1893); 22. Spring (1894); 23. Head (drawing) (1894). All are photogravures. The List Of Illustrations states not only the title but also the measurements, date of execution, then ownership and place of first exhibition (most often the Royal Academy, London).

Printed on the verso of the unpaginated preliminary leaf is a note on the print-run: 'This is to certify that the Édition de luxe of this Work consists of Four Hundred copies on Japanese vellum. This is No.' [inscribed in ink, '257'.]
Responsibility NoteMost plates are unsigned, But the frontispiece is signed in pencil by L Alma Tadema. The name of L Alma Tadema appears in the some prints / paintings.

Plates 17, 19-22 carry the imprint of the Photographische Gesellschaft and the date.

The text-printer is named on the title-page verso and in the colophon: 'Chiswick Press: - Charles Whittingham And Co. Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.'

On the verso of the half-title are printed the London, Berlin, New York and Paris addresses of the Berlin Photographic Company.
SubjectRomans - Rome - History
Celebrities - Portraits - Great Britain - London - 19th century
Paintings - Painters - Artists - Great Britain - 19th century
Biography - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Photogravures - Photomechanical prints - Autographs - Great Britain - 19th century
Name as Subject Alma-Tadema, Lawrence, R.A., 1836 - 1912
ReferencesV.G. Swanson, The Biography and Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1990).

A study of F.G. Stephens was D.S. Macleod, 'F.G. Stephens Pre-Raphaelite critic and art historian', in Burlington Magazine,128 (1986), p.398-406.
Binding Note19th-century blue watered cloth, upper and lower covers with silver-stamped decoartions, upper cover lettered 'Selected · Works · Of · L · Alma · Tadema · R· A· '; spine lettered 'Selected : Works : Of : L : Alma : Tadema : R : A:'.
ProvenanceThe verso of the unpaginated preliminary leaf is inscribed in ink, 'Presented to the Royal Academy by L Alma Tadema 4 [illegible] 96'.
Contributors Alma-Tadema, Lawrence, R.A., 1836 - 1912, source artist, previous owner, donor
Stephens, Frederic George, 1827 - 1907, editor
Whittingham, Charles, fl. ca. 1880-1895?, printer
Berlin Photographic Company. publisher. photographic printer
Chiswick Press (London). printer
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