Attributed to William Hamilton
The Invasion of a Harem date not known

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Attributed to William Hamilton 1751–1801
The Invasion of a Harem
Date Date not known
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 470 x 698 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1967
Not on display

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The story illustrated in this mysterious, vaguely Oriental scene remains unknown, but is likely to come from some contemporary novel or drama.
William Hamilton, to whom this painting is tentatively attributed, trained first as an architectural draughtsman in Rome, but soon became a successful painter of theatrical portraits and historical subjects. His style was less based on classical antiquity than that of his predecessors, being softer and often more sentimental, but sometimes showing an inclination to follow Fuseli's bold and extreme distortions in composition and figure drawing.

August 2004

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