Portrait of Leopold Löwenstam. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema OM RA (1836-1912). 1883, in a private collection. Image provided by the Leighton House Museum for the purpose of reviewing their exhibition, "Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity" (7 July 2017 - 29 October 2017).

This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see Alma-Tadema's portrait of his engraver. It was rediscovered in 2016 during the Antiques Roadshow where Rupert Maas identified it. The painting, which has never been publicly exhibited before, shows Löwenstam creating an Alma-Tadema engraving: the production of such engravings was a vast source of income for artists during the nineteenth century. 1883 was a hugely successful year for Tadema who became an A.R.A that year and moved into a bigger house, no doubt funded partly by the print trade.

Text by Madeleine Emerald Thiele, adapted from her review of the exhibition. Caption material and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

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Created 5 September 2017