Biography of Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1836-1912

Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1836-1912 is in Painters.

On 08 Jan 1836 Lawrence Alma-Tadema was born.

Letters of Christina Rossetti. 56 Euston Square, N.W.

Friday afternoon, 14th. [May 1869]1

My dear Miss Boyd (age 44)

Thank you warmly for so exceedingly kind an invitation, concerning which I will only put forward one regret, that Mrs Epps [Note. Not clear who Mrs Epps is since [his future wife] Laura Theresa Epps (age 17) didn't marry Lawrence Alma-Tadema (age 33) until 1871] should lose what might so have refreshed her both in mind and in body. And indeed, if I may, I will say that should it after all turn out that she could visit lovely Penkill you will without hesitation let me know your altered plans to which I shall most readily conform mine. On the other hand if I go, it will be a special indulgence to travel with the Scotts [Note. William Bell Scott (age 58) and Letitia Margery Norquoy] and as you give me so generous a latitude I will even feel housed at the Castle until a companion offers with whom to start south again;-the journey being somewhat formidably lengthy. But this, of course, only in case it brings my visit within not altogether unreasonable dimensions. How very kind you are to me, and how much I should like to make my gratitude obvious to you. Knowing what a Dear Mrs Scott is, I think she will kindly let me know her plans in due course: meanwhile I expect to run down to Gloucester next week on a little visit to my Uncle if he will have me, but to be up again in time for Penkill.

My love, please, to Mrs Scott, and a kindred sentiment to Mr Scott (age 58). We saw Gabriel (age 41) last night, but I know nothing at all about his summer plans.2

My Mother (age 69) desires her most cordial remembrances to you, and adds her thanks to mine on my behalf.

Always and affectionately yours

Christina G. Rossetti (age 38).

I expect you will find me quite a different order of being this year as regards walking, and I mean to trim up my old hat for possible croquet.

Note 1. Endorsed: "1867." CGR returned to Penkill in 1869, from 9 June to 22 July, not in 1867.

Note 2. DGR (age 41) was at Penkill from mid-August to 20 September.

In Jul 1871 Lawrence Alma-Tadema (age 35) and Laura Theresa Epps (age 19) were married.

1876. Lawrence Alma-Tadema (age 39). Portrait of [his wife] Laura Theresa Epps (age 23).

1883. Lawrence Alma-Tadema (age 46). Portrait of Catherine Lucy Wilhelmina Stanhope Duchess of Cleveland (age 63).

1885. Lawrence Alma-Tadema (age 48). "The Meeting of Antony and Cleopatra".

Around 1891. Lawrence Alma-Tadema (age 54). Portrait of Arthur James Balfour 1st Earl Balfour (age 42).

Around 1891. Lawrence Alma-Tadema (age 54). "Interrupted". Portrait of [his wife] Laura Theresa Epps (age 38).

Around 1891. Lawrence Alma-Tadema (age 54). "Pandora". About to open the box - see Hesiod's Works and Days Lines 83 to 108 lines 90-94.

1896. Lawrence Alma-Tadema (age 59). Self-Portrait.

On 15 Aug 1909 [his wife] Laura Theresa Epps (age 57) died.

On 25 Jun 1912 Lawrence Alma-Tadema (age 76) died.