An image of Bertram Mackennal holding his sculpture 'Salome' c.1895

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(England  – )

Bertram Mackennal holding his sculpture 'Salome' c.1895

Location
Not on display
Further information

The epitome of the femme fatale, the Biblical figure of Salome was a popular subject for fin de si├Ęcle artists and writers. Shortly before Bertram Mackennal created his 'Salome' c1895, Oscar Wilde's sensational play of the same title had debuted in Paris. Mackennal's work was issued in a large edition of twenty, capitalising on the interest in Wilde's play. Editions of 'Salome' c1895 are held in the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

This photograph was illustrated in an unattributed 1931 obituary notice for Mackennal, kept in his archive.

Media
Photograph
Medium
gelatin silver photograph
Dimensions
20.6 x 15.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
National Art Archive. Gift of the artist's granddaughter, Pauline Kraay, 2012
Accession number
ARC354.39.1