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A specially commissioned classical oil painting on canvas by artist Liu Yingjie.

Interpreting the original oil painting, Silver Favourites by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The original, about 1903, hangs at the Manchester City Galleries and has a verse on the frame from Wordsworth's poem Gold and Silver Fishes in a Vase. He wonders what captive life must be like for the fish yet cannot help taking pleasure in their loveliness. The women trapped; in this painting are admired by the viewer for their beauty and, like the fish, seem indolent and slightly bored. Alma-Tadema's paintings were extremely popular. He chose scenes of everyday life in Ancient Rome which people could relate to easily. He carefully researched all the antique detail so the paintings remained highbrow in intent although some critics still criticised his Victorians in togas.

In a bespoke, hand made, 4" wide frame finished in a coloured gold to complement the painting.

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