The Alma-Tadema Banquet
1 of 5 portraits of John Singer Sargent
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 the widow of Mary Anderson's son, Dorothy de Navarro, 1983
Artistback to top
- Fradelle & Young (active 1884-1922), Photographers. Artist associated with 18 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), Painter. Sitter in 40 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
- Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857-1941), Major-General and founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. Sitter in 49 portraits.
- George Henry Boughton (1833-1905), Painter and illustrator. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Joseph William Comyns Carr (1849-1916), Critic and dramatist, gallery director and theatre manager. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Sir George Clausen (1852-1944), Painter. Sitter in 6 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
- John Collier (1850-1934), Portrait painter and writer on art. Sitter in 7 portraits, Artist associated with 22 portraits.
- Walter Crane (1845-1915), Illustrator, designer, painter and socialist. Sitter in 17 portraits.
- Sir Francis Bernard ('Frank') Dicksee (1853-1928), Painter and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter in 18 portraits, Artist associated with 36 portraits.
- Sir Alfred Edward East (1844-1913), Painter and etcher. Sitter in 19 portraits.
- (Edward) Onslow Ford (1852-1901), Sculptor. Sitter in 10 portraits, Artist associated with 8 portraits.
- Sir George James Frampton (1860-1928), Sculptor and craftsman. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist of 3 portraits.
- William Temple Franks (1863-1926), Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Edward John Gregory (1850-1909), Painter in oils and watercolour. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
- Arthur Hacker (1858-1919), Painter. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Sir George Henschel (Isidor Georg Henschel) (1850-1934), Singer and musician; founder and conductor of London Symphony concerts. Sitter in 12 portraits.
- Colin Hunter (1841-1904), Painter. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Sir James John Trevor Lawrence, 2nd Bt (1831-1913), President Royal Horticultural Society. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Benjamin Williams Leader (né Benjamin Williams) (1831-1923), Landscape painter. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- (Wilhelm Augustus) Rudolf Lehmann (1819-1905), Genre and portrait painter. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist associated with 11 portraits.
- Sir George Henry Lewis, 1st Bt (1833-1911), Solicitor. Sitter in 12 portraits.
- John Seymour Lucas (1849-1923), Historical and portrait painter. Sitter in 10 portraits, Artist associated with 6 portraits.
- John Alexander Fuller Maitland (1856-1936), Music critic. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Francis Davis Millet (1846-1912), Painter and writer. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Antonio Fernando de Navarro (circa 1861-1932), Barrister; husband of Mary Anderson. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Alfred William Parsons (1847-1920), Landscape painter, illustrator and garden designer. Sitter in 5 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
- Briton Riviere (1840-1920), Painter. Sitter in 17 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
- James Sant (1820-1916), Painter. Sitter in 15 portraits, Artist associated with 12 portraits.
- John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Portrait and landscape painter and muralist. Sitter in 5 portraits, Artist associated with 72 portraits.
- (John) Byam Liston Shaw (1872-1919), Painter and illustrator. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 2 portraits.
- Solomon Joseph Solomon (1860-1927), Painter; pioneer of camouflage techniques. Sitter in 10 portraits, Artist associated with 12 portraits.
- Marion Harry Spielmann (1858-1948), Art historian. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- Sir Henry Thompson (1820-1904), Surgeon. Sitter in 12 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
- Sir (William) Hamo Thornycroft (1850-1925), Sculptor; son of Thomas Thornycroft and Mary Thornycroft. Sitter in 16 portraits, Artist of 4 portraits.
- Sir Aston Webb (1849-1930), Architect and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter in 16 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Whitehall Rooms, Hotel Metropole, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Artist and Evangelist: Lives Remembered (14 August 2012 - 24 March 2013)
Events of 1899back to top
Current affairsGeorge Nathaniel Curzon, Lord Curzon, is appointed Viceroy of India, pursuing a mixed policy of forceful control and conciliation. Curzon's inquiries into Indian administration result in legislation in areas including education, irrigation, and policing. The Board of Education is created to co-ordinate the work of higher grade elementary schools, county technical schools and endowed grammar schools, also setting up a register of teachers.
Art and scienceThe Italian Guglielmo Marconi transmits the first wireless telegraph, between France and England across the English Channel, a distance of 32 miles. Marconi's production of waves over long distances lays the foundations for the development of the radio. Later this year, Marconi demonstrates his invention in America, at the Cup yacht race, and for the American navy.
InternationalOutbreak of the second Boer war, fought between the British Empire and the two independent Boer Republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal. Despite a disastrous start, Britain quickly won the war, although guerilla warfare continued until 1902, leading to the introduction of concentration camps by British commander Lord Kitchener, a measure which contributes to the British public's growing disillusionment with the campaign.
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