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The Finding of Moses. Lawrence Alma-Tadema
signed L Alma Tadema and inscribed OP. CCCLXXVII (lower left)
oil on canvas
53 3/4 by 84 in.
136.7 by 213.4 cm
Provenance
Sir John Aird, Bt., MP, Hyde Park Terrace, London (acquired directly from the artist in 1904)
Sir John Renton Aird, Bt., London (by descent from the above and sold: Christie's, London, May 3, 1935, lot 34)
Stephen Gooden & Fox, London (acquired at the above sale)
Sir Jeremiah Colman, Bt., Gatton Park, Reigate, Surrey (acquired from the above and sold, his posthumous sale: Christie's, London, September 18, 1942, lot 55)
Nathan Mitchell, London (acquired at the above sale)
F. W. Reeves, Bearnett House, Wolverhampton (and sold: unknown country sale, September 13, 1950)
M. Newman, London
Private Collection, England
M. Newman, London (sale: Christie's, London, December 2, 1960, lot 86, unsold)
Clock House Restaurant, Hertfordshire, England (acquired from Newman and Leslie M. Mason)
Leslie M. Mason and Williams & Son (acquired from the above in half-shares, July 1967)
Ira Spanierman Galleries, New York (acquired from the above in August 1967)
Allen Funt, New York (and sold: Sotheby's, Belgravia, November 6, 1973, lot 31)
Private Collector (and sold: Christie's, New York, May 25, 1995, lot 87, illustrated)
Private Collection, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Exhibited
London, The Royal Academy, 1905, no. 212
London, The Royal Academy, Works by the late Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Winter 1913, no. 155
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victorians in Togas: Paintings by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema from the Collection of Allen Funt, March 9-April 29, 1973, no. 31
Literature

Percy Cross Standing, "Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, R.A. and His Art," The Windsor Magazine, June-November 1904, p. 243
Henry Blackburn, ed., Royal Academy Notes, London, 1905, p. 18
Charles C. Bombaugh, Facts and Fancies for the Curious from the Harvest-fields of Literature; a Melange of Excerpta, Philadelphia and London, 1905, pp. 386-7
"A Morning in the Galleries," The Living Age, July-September 1905, p. 545
"People of the Hour," The Bystander, vol. VI, nos. 70-82, May 10, 1905, p. 258
"Royal Academy," The Gardeners' Chronicle, no. 958, May 6, 1905, p. 276
Punch, vol. 128, May 10, 1905, p. 333
The Times, London, April 29, 1905, p. 14
Anthenaeum, London, no. 4045, May 6, 1905, p. 567
Percy Cross Standing, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 1905, pp. 51, 110, 112, illustrated (detail) facing p. 110
R. Dircks, "The Later Works of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema," Art Journal, London, Christmas Supplement, 1910, pp. 8, 32
N. N. "Alma Tadema," Nation, London, XCVI, January 30, 1913, p. 114
A. Clutton Brock, "Alma Tadema," Burlington Magazine, London, XXII, 1913, pp. 285-6
W. Starkweather, "Alma-Tadema, Artist and Archeologist," Mentor, New York, XII, 1924, p. 30, illustrated
Gerald Reitlinger, The Economics of Taste, London, 1961, pp. 243-4
J. E. Patterson, "'The Norman Rockwell of the Pagans, or the Return of Alma-Tadema': The Candid Cameraman Collects," Auction, London and New York, February 1971, pp. 40-2, illustrated
Russell Ash, Art at Auction, London, 1974, p. 81, illustrated
Alma-Tadema, New York, 1977, illustrated pls. 43-4
Vern Grosvenor Swanson, "Portfolio: Alma-Tadema," 19th Century, New York, vol. II, no. 4, Winter 1977, illustrated p. 62
Vern Grosvenor Swanson, Alma-Tadema: The Painter of the Victorian Vision of the Ancient World, London, 1977, pp. 29, 43, 131, illustrated pl. 28 and as cover
M. J. Raven, Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum, Leiden, XXVIII, 1980, pp. 114-5, illustrated
Russel Ash, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 1989, illustrated pl. 35
Vern Grosvenor Swanson, The Biography and Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 1990, p. 267, no. 410, illustrated p. 475
Herman de Meulenaere, Patrick Berko and Viviane Berko, Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth Century Painting, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium, 1992, p. 119, illustrated p. 132
The Times, March 9, 1995, p. 6
The Times, March 21, 1995, p. 17
Edwin Becker and Elizabeth Prettejohn, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, New York, 1997, p. 96, illustrated p. 97
Miki Raver, Listen to Her Voice: Women of the Hebrew Bible, San Francisco, 1998, illustrated p. 87
Rosemary Barrow, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, London, 2001, pp. 69, 186, 196-7, illustrated pp. 182-3, pl. 183
Christopher Wood, Victorian Painting, Boston, 2000, pp. 205, 212
David Noel Freedman and Michael James McCylmond, The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus and Muhammad as Religious Founders, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2001, illustrated p. 48
J. M. Humbert and C. A. Price, Imhotep Today: Egyptianizing Architecture, London, 2003, p. 50
Mary Cowling and T. J. Barringer, Paintings from the Reign of Queen Victoria: The Royal Holloway Collection, London, Alexandria, Virginia, 2008, p. 26, illustrated

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