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Oil painting - An Italian Mother Teaching her Child the Tarantella
  • An Italian Mother Teaching her Child the Tarantella
    Uwins, Thomas, born 1782 - died 1857
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An Italian Mother Teaching her Child the Tarantella

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (possibly, painted)

  • Date:

    1842 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Uwins, Thomas, born 1782 - died 1857 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:

    FA.213[O]

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, room 82, case WEST WALL

The tarantella is a folk dance, characterised by light, quick hops and turns. Uwins lived in Italy from 1824 to 1831 and specialised in peasant scenes. The model for the child was his niece. The Gulf of Salerno is in the background. One critic found the painting 'highly successful in character', but another criticised its stale subject matter.

Physical description

Oil on panel depicting a mother teaching her daughter a dance on a stone terrace under a vine arbor. There is a view out to sea in the distance and other figures seated around the scene watching, talking and relaxing.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (possibly, painted)

Date

1842 (painted)

Artist/maker

Uwins, Thomas, born 1782 - died 1857 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

'Thos, Uwins, R.A./1842'

Dimensions

Height: 43.5 cm estimate, Width: 55.9 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'An Italian Mother Teaching her Child the Tarantella' by Thomas Uwins. British School, 1842.

Materials

Oil paint; Panel

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Italy; Mother; Children; Dancing

Categories

Paintings; Children & Childhood

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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