The Bride of Abydos

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Hungary
    City: Budapest
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    James Sant, portrait and genre painter, was born in Croydon, Surrey. In 1842 he entered the Royal Academy Schools. Early in his career, he was commended for his idealised depictions of children. He later became a fashionable portrait painter and was elected a Royal Academician in 1869 and a member of La Regia Accademia Raffaello in Urbino, Italy, in 1877. He was appointed portrait painter to Queen Victoria in 1872 and as such enjoyed the patronage of many noble and landed families in England, although Victoria herself refused to sit to him. He did, however, paint state portraits of the Queen for the embassies of Turkey and Madrid. Sant died at his home in Lancaster Gate, near Hyde Park, at the impressive age of 96.
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  • Details
    Title
    The Bride of Abydos
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 76.50 cm, width: 63.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Jeremy Maas Gallery, June 1975
    Inscription
    initialled bottom right
    Provenance
    Collection of ‘P. Matthews’; from whom purchased by J. S. Maas & Co. Ltd., London, on 3 June 1975; from whom purchased by the Department of the Environment in June 1975
    GAC number
    11979