Sir Lawrence ALMA-TADEMA (Dronrijp 1836 - Wiesbaden 1912)
Two Studies of Drapery for The Contrary Oracle [recto]; Study of a Striding Male Nude [verso] Sold
Pencil, with touches of red and white chalk, on buff paper. The verso in pencil. Inscribed (by the artist’s daughter Anna) The contrary oracle at the lower left, and with the artist’s initials LAT at the lower right.218 x 345 mm. (8 1/2 x 13 5/8 in.)ENQUIRE
Part of a group of early drawings by Alma-Tadema, all taken from a sketchbook, may be dated to c.1857-1858. The drawings may be related to a series of paintings of Egyptian subjects, entitled Going to the Oracle and The Contrary Oracle, that Alma-Tadema planned in 1857 and 1858, but never executed. The first owner of these drawings was the art critic and biographer Edmund Gosse, a cousin of the artist’s second wife, Laura Epps.
The studio of the artistThe artist’s brother-in-law, Sir Edmund William Gosse, LondonBy descent in the Gosse family until the 1920s or 1930sAcquired by a private collectorThence by descent.