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Picturing a World

Anna Alma-Tadema

Today at an exhibition, Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., I saw a reproduction of this watercolor by Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s daughter Anna Alma-Tadema. Another portrait without people! As a novelist, I find these 19th C paintings of unpeopled rooms helpful aids to imagination. The suggest a sensibility but leave me free to imagine my own stories.

Townshend House was Lawrence Alma-Tadema's first home in London; and like Carolus-Duran's studio in Paris, it was meant to express the artist's taste and to interest clients.

For another of his daughter Anna’s watercolors of a room in the house, click here.
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