Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)AT/1/Portfolio136/E2749
TitleSketch of the head of Sabina
Extent1 item (large)
Date[c 1876]
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DescriptionDrawing number: E2749.

Head of Sabina by Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Undated, about 1876. Pencil on paper. 25.3 x 16.0 cm.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryAlma-Tadema owned many photographs of antique busts as references for the features and intricate hairstyles of Roman figures. As well keeping photographs, he made pencil studies of the busts in museum displays. Having relocated to London permanently in 1870, the British Museum collections were conveniently on his doorstep for outings to make sketches. He has labelled this bust ‘Sabina’ (the Roman Empress and wife of Hadrian), however it closely resembles the bust of Matidia (Sabina’s mother) in the British Museum. Alma-Tadema used this head to depict Empress Sabina in his painting Hadrian visiting a Romano-British Pottery, 1884 (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam).


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