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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

British, born Netherlands, 1836–1912



This small panel was painted for Queen Alexandra, wife of the British King Edward VII. A woman in a flowing white dress shields her gaze from the sunlight as she searches for a sign of her beloved. The arch of her arm rhymes with the rounded marble parapet nearby, which contains within it a sculpture of a curled-up dog, an animal that often appears in paintings as a symbol of fidelity.

Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions 13 3/8 x 5 7/16 in. (34 x 13.8 cm)
Object Number 1955.873
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1937
Status Off View

Image Caption

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Hopeful, 1909, Oil on panel. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.873.


Swanson, Vern G. The Biography and Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. London: Garton & Co., 1990. Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.


Executed for Queen Alexandra of England (from 1909); possibly M. Polak, London; sale, Christie’s, London, 24 Apr. 1936, no. 28; [possibly Vicars Brothers, London]; [N. Mitchell, London, sold to Clark, 23 Nov. 1937]; Robert Sterling Clark (1937–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.