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The Present

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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A young woman sits side-on to us. She wears a relaxed but delicate and costly gown, her hair casually caught back in a soft chignon. She looks down, apparently calmly, at a gleaming ceramic statuette of a snarling tiger, poised to pounce. Its expression and stylised pose are reminiscent of mythological creatures in the Japanese art that was of great interest in Western Europe in the second half of the nineteenth century.

The National Gallery, London

London


Date

about 1866-71

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 37 x W 46 cm

Accession number

NG3270

Acquisition method

Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917

Work type

Painting


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The National Gallery, London

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