The painting was commissioned by 'The Graphic' magazine for an exhibition of 'Female Beauty' by 12 artists including James Tissot, Frederic Leighton and Marcus Stone. Alma-Tadema painted several portraits of his wife, who was herself a painter, and also used her as a model in subject pictures. In 1871, before they married, he painted her on three occasions but 'Interrupted' is the sole portrait of her painted between 1876 and 1896.
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Cecil French Bequest
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