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Title The Ambush
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Lucas y Padilla, Eugenio (Spanish painter, 1824-1870)
Date Earliest about 1850
Date Latest about 1870
Description A key figure in the development of Romanticism in Spain, Eugenio Lucas was born only four years before the death of Francisco Goya but became one of his most devoted followers and imitators. The style of The Ambush is remarkably close to the spirit of Goya's work, especially in its depiction of brutality and violence

The theme of travellers waylaid by bandits was a common one in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century painting as the Napoleonic wars brought chaos and lawlessness to many parts of Europe. Criminals, deserters and the remnants of defeated armies often turned to highway robbery as the social order collapsed.

Current Accession Number 1965P21
Former Accession Number P.2165
Subject everyday life (highway robbery)
Measurements 35.5 x 50.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on metal
Acquisition Details Purchased from Roland, Browse & Delbanco 1965.
Publications Catalogue of Paintings in Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, 1960; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 90.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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