History seen through a Victorian eye. And yes I think they were that dressed up at sometimes. English. Edward Matthew Ward, artist (1816-1879). He created illustrations for the papers of Washington Irving, too.

Ward, Edward Matthew, 1816-1879; Hogarth's Studio in 1739
“Hogarth’s Studio in 1739.” 1863. Oil on canvas. Collections of and photo credit © York Art Gallery, York. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/hogarths-studio-in-1739-8237
The Disgrace of Lord Clarendon, after his Last Interview with the King - Scene at Whitehall Palace, in 1667 (replica) 1846 by Edward Matthew Ward 1816-1879
“The Disgrace of Lord Clarendon, after his Last Interview with the King – Scene at Whitehall Palace, in 1667.” 1846. Collections of the Tate Galleries, London. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/ward-the-disgrace-of-lord-clarendon-after-his-last-interview-with-the-king-scene-at-n00431
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“The Last Parting of Marie Antoinette and her Son.” 1856. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated signed and dated “E M Ward. RA/1856” on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/edward-matthew-ward-ra-1816-1879-the-last-5857456-details.aspx

History paintings by Alexandre-Marie Colin (1798-1875). All with exotic settings. More fun that way. A close friend of painter Eugène Delacroix.

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“Byron as Don Juan, with Haidee.” 1831. Oil on unlined canvas. In the public domain due to age. via https://books0977.tumblr.com/page/2
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“Othello and Desdemona,’ 1829. Oil on canvas. Collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Othello_and_Desdemona_by_Alexandre-Marie_Colin.jpg
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Alexandre Marie Colin (French, 1798-1875) “A Reclining Turkish Beauty.” 19th c. Oil on panel. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/alexandre-marie-colin-french-1798-1875-a-5094021-details.aspx oil on panel

Historical paintings with a very edgy spin. More interesting than most. I want to find out what happens next. Italian. Fortunino Matania, artist (1881-1963).

"Nefertiti in her Royal Chariot." No date.
“Nefertiti in her Royal Chariot.” No date. Private Collection. © Estate of the artist. Image © The Bridgman Art Library. Fair use license. via https://www.art.com/products/p21693884492-sa-i7399393/fortunino-matania-nefertiti-in-her-royal-chariot.htm?RFID=217825&ProductTarget=797871853587&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=PLA&gclid=CjwKCAiAjrXxBRAPEiwAiM3DQorPlkK0b4
Beheading of Holofernes by Judith. Reproduced in the magazine Britannia and Eve in 1929.
Beheading of Holofernes by Judith. Reproduced in the magazine “Britannia and Eve” in 1929. Watercolor. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2001 – 2020 The Book Palace. Fair use license. via https://bookpalace.com/acatalog/info_MataniaJudith.html
A woman in Arabian dress holding aloft a platter and surrounded by warriors.
A woman in Arabian dress holding aloft a platter and surrounded by warriors. No date. Gouache en grisaille. © Estate of the artist. Image © 2020 MutualArt Services, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/A-woman-in-Arabian-dress-holding-aloft-a/14121956AE814B3A
Boadicea leading Iceni revolt by Fortunino Matania
“Boadicea leading the Iceni revolt.” Used as an illustration for the series”Famous Women from History” which appeared in “Britannia and Eve” magazine. © Estate of the artist. Image © mediastorehouse.com. Fair use license. via https://www.mediastorehouse.com/mary-evans-prints-online/boadicea-leading-iceni-revolt-fortunino-matania-14196059.html