The Necromancer

Three versions of this subject are known, including one in the Hermitage, St Petersburg. It is not known which of the three was the one exhibited at the Salon of 1775. Evidently a popular composition, it was also engraved in 1785.

Le Prince specialised in genre scenes often, like this one, with an exotic flavour.

Key facts

Artist dates
1734 - 1781
Full title
The Necromancer
Date made
probably 1775
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
76.8 x 63.5 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs Mary Venetia James from the Arthur James collection, 1948
Inventory number
Location in Gallery