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The Necromancer
Jean-Baptiste Le Prince

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 Jean-Baptiste Le Prince
Artist dates 1734 - 1781
Full title The Necromancer
Date made probably 1775
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 76.8 x 63.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Mrs Mary Venetia James from the Arthur James collection, 1948
Inventory number NG5848
Location in Gallery Room 33
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