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Queen Vashti


Date:1872  
Medium:oil?  
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Subject:figure, female, biblical  
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Sitter:Williams, Mrs [Emmy]  
Sitter Note:'my friend, Mrs. Williams of Bedford Square'  

 

History

Exhibited:RA 1872 (cat. no. 918); Liverpool Autumn Exhibition (cat. no. 55)  
Further Exhibitions:RA 1872; Liverpool Autumn Exhibition 1872  
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Alternative Title:Queen Vashti refusing to show herself to the people. "O Vashti, noble Vashti! Summoned out, etc" Tennyson (Graves RA)  
Note:'The Book of Esther, in the Bible, relates how a Jewish maiden, Esther, cousin and foster-daughter of Mordecai, was made his queen by the Persian king Ahasuerus (Xerxes) after he had divorced [Queen] Vashti' (1911 encyclopedia)  

 

Bibliography

Reviews:Jopling PC bk 1, 1872, 2362.jpg  
Jopling 1925 Quote: 'I asked my friend, Mrs. Williams of Bedford Square, to sit to me for a picture I intended painting of “Vashti,” a Queen who always had a great attraction for me, as the originator and victim of “Women’s Rights.” '  
Other Quotations:'two heads by Mrs. Louise Romer, one (88) auburn haired, with clear cut features, in profile; the other (377) "golden Locks," a three-quarter face, brilliant in complexion, and framed by waves of the most lustorous hair, pale and gold in the light, and chestnut in the shade; and "Vashti" (918) in which the effort after strength of colour and effect has led the artist astray to blackness' (PC bk 1, 1872, 2362.jpg)  
Other Published Sources:Jopling 1925 list  
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