Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)AT/1/Portfolio121/E2686
TitlePompeian interior
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DescriptionDrawing number: E2686. In colour.

Also known as 'Pauline in Pompeii', by Lawrence Alma-Tadema. 1863. Watercolour and pencil on paper. 19.5 x 24.5 cm.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryAlma-Tadema’s first wife, Marie-Pauline Gressin-Dumoulin de Boisgirard (1837-1869) leans against a wall in Pompeii, in this unfinished watercolour her husband made on their honeymoon. This first visit to Pompeii was considered to have had a great impact on Alma-Tadema, sowing the seeds for what would become his trademark style of imagined scenes in classical settings. We know he took a great interest in the details of the archaeological site. A photograph from 1863 shows him engrossed by the House of Sallust, and he sketched Pauline sitting in the ancient Odeon (theatre).


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