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The Alma-Tadema Banquet

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The Alma-Tadema Banquet, by Fradelle & Young, 4 November 1899 - NPG x19022 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Alma-Tadema Banquet

by Fradelle & Young
carbon print, 4 November 1899
8 7/8 in. x 12 3/8 in. (227 mm x 315 mm) image size
Given by widow of Mary Anderson's son, Dorothy de Navarro, 1983
Photographs Collection
NPG x19022

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In 1899, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema's contribution to the British art world was acknowledged with a knighthood. He is pictured standing at the top table, to the left here, at a celebratory banquet held in his honour at the Whitehall Rooms, Hotel Metropole, London. With about 180 guests, almost every significant late nineteenth-century artist was present. Alma-Tadema remarked that 'without the approval of the brethren the honour would lose nearly all its attraction', exemplifying the emphasis he placed on his personal relationships. He was awarded the Order of Merit in 1905.

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