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The Marble Staircase
  • Eugène Lami (1800 - 1890)
  • The Marble Staircase
  • France
  • 1866
  • Painting
  • Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour with gum varnish on paper
  • Image size: 31.6 x 50.3 cm
  • Signature: 'EL / EL / 1866.'
    Sketch: Depicting French cavalry
  • P653
  • Not on display
Further Reading
  • Eugène Lami was a specialist in military scenes and watercolours of elegant society subjects, set in both England and France. He received much patronage from the Rothschild family for whom he was an artistic adviser. This gorgeous watercolour is characteristic of his richly coloured aristocratic scenes. The figures wear late seventeenth-century costume and the setting recalls (but does not depict) the Staircase of the Ambassadors at Versailles built in the 1670s, but it does not seem to represent a particular historical event. Nostalgic images of French aristocratic society before the Revolution had a string appeal to the 4th Marquess of Hertford.