Attributed to William HamiltonThe Invasion of a Harem date not known

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Attributed to William Hamilton (1751‑1801)
Title
The Invasion of a Harem
Date date not known
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 470 x 698 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1967
Reference
T00939
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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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