16 June 2010
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, O.M., R.A., R.W.S. (1836-1912)
signed and numbered 'L Alma Tadema. op CLXXVI' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour with scratching out on paper
14 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. (37.8 x 27.6 cm.)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 5 November 1997, lot 220, where purchased by the present owner.
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Vern Grosvenor Swanson, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 1977, p. 138.
Vern Grosvenor Swanson, The Biography and Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 1990, p. 196, under no. 217.
Alma-Tadema painted several pictures treating the subject of the Roman Baths from 1875 onwards, possibly due to his acquisition of a large portfolio of photographs of Pompeii and the exhibits in the Museum at Naples around this time. The servant carries the tools of his trade, a sponge and strigils to scrape the oil from the skin.
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