|Ernest Waterlow RA was a close friend of Alma-Tadema and this painting was possibly part of an exchange of works between the two artists. When it was exhibited at the Academy in 1890 a reviewer found it ‘a singularly natural and unaffected piece of portraiture’.|
Alma-Tadema shows Waterlow with brush and palette in one hand, apparently contemplating a painting that is just out of view. It is quite a private portrait, since there is no engagement with the spectator and the artist seems entirely absorbed in his work.
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Frames associated with this work