Lot 76
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Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema
  • Battledore and Shuttlecock
  • signed with the artist's monogram throughout the tile floor
  • oil on canvas
  • 36 by 24 in.
  • 91.4 by 61 cm


Edward H. Van Ingen, New York, by 1893
Private Collection, United States
Thence by descent


New Gallery, Summer Exhibition, London, 1890, no. 148
Chicago, World's Columbian Exposition, 1893, no. 60


Henry Blackburn, New Gallery Notes, 1890, p. 56, illustrated
The Art Journal, 1891, p. 161, illustrated 
Art & Artists of All Nations, 1894, p. 230, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Battledore and Shuttlecock is one of Lady Laura Alma-Tadema's most important oils in terms of ambition and quality. In this interior scene of an English home, probably her own, she has skillfully presented an active scene of this popular game. While one figure leans forward to bat the falling shuttlecock, the younger sister, mother and baby watch, gripped by varied emotions. 

The former owner of this canvas, E. H. Van Ingen, a wealthy woolen importer, criss-crossed the Atlantic 110 times. Van Ingen admired this painting, probably purchasing it from the New Gallery in 1890.  He lent this oil and Lady Laura’s Fireside Fantasies to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago of 1893, where he had business interests. Until today, the location of this painting has remained unknown since Ingen’s death in 1905.