Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, R.A., R.W.S. (1836-1912)
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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, R.A., R.W.S. (1836-1912)

The Pyrrhic Dance

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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, R.A., R.W.S. (1836-1912)
The Pyrrhic Dance
signed 'Alma-Tadema' (lower right)
pen and brown ink
8½ x 11¾ in. (21.6 x 29.8 cm.)
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Lot Essay

The present drawing is a sketch for Alma Tadema's painting now in the Guildhall Art Gallery, London (see V. Swanson, Alma-Tadema, London, 1990, no. 111). It was commissioned by Messrs Ernest at the Royal Academy that year as no. 421, the first time that Alma-Tadema's work had appeared on its walls. Swanson refers to the painting as his most famous work made on the continent. The dance was a Spartan mimic war-dance, said to have originated with the Dorians in Crete and may have been named after King Pyrrhus.
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