Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema

(1852 C 15 August 1909 in Hindhead) was from 1871 the second wife of the painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema and a painter in her own right. A daughter of Dr George Napoleon Epps (who was brother of Dr John Epps), her two sisters were also painters (Emily studied under John Brett, a Pre-Raphaelite, and Ellen under Ford Madox Brown), whilst Edmund Gosse and Rowland Hill were her brothers-in-law. It was at Madox Brown's home that Alma-Tadema first met her in December 1869, when she was aged 17 and he 33. (His first wife had died in May that year.) He fell in love at first sight,and so it was partly her presence in London (and partly the fact that only in England had his work consistently sold) that influenced him into relocating in England rather than elsewhere when forced to leave the continent by the outbreak of the Franco Prussian War in July 1870. Arriving in London at the beginning of September 1870 with his small daughters and sister Artje, Alma-Tadema wasted no time in contacting Laura, and it was arranged that he would give her painting lessons. During one of these, he proposed marriage. As he was then thirty-four and Laura was now only eighteen, her father was initially opposed to the idea. Dr Epps finally agreed on the condition that they should wait until they knew each other better. They married in July 1871 and, though this second marriage proved childless, it also proved enduring and happy, with Laura acting as stepmother to her husband's children by his first marriage. The Paris Salon in 1873 gave Laura her first success in painting, and five years later, at the Paris International Exhibition, she was one of only two English women artists exhibited.

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Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema The Women of Amphissa oil painting


The Women of Amphissa
Painting ID::  58193
Artist: Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema
Painting: The Women of Amphissa
Introduction: The Women of Amphissa, by Lawrence Alma Tadema.
   
   
     

Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema At the Doorway oil painting


At the Doorway
Painting ID::  58194
Artist: Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema
Painting: At the Doorway
Introduction: "At the Doorway" (1898), by Laura Alma-Tadema
   
   
     

Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema Women of Amfiss oil painting


Women of Amfiss
Painting ID::  67800
Artist: Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema
Painting: Women of Amfiss
Introduction: Technique Oil on panel Dimensions 129.9 X 182.9 cm (51.14 X 72.01 in)
   
   
     

Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema With a Babe in the Woods oil painting


With a Babe in the Woods
Painting ID::  72212
Artist: Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema
Painting: With a Babe in the Woods
Introduction: between 1879(1879) and 1880(1880) Oil on canvas mounted on panel 31.1 X 22.9 cm (12.24 X 9.02 in) cjr
   
   
     

Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema A Favourite Custom oil painting


A Favourite Custom
Painting ID::  73397
Artist: Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema
Painting: A Favourite Custom
Introduction: Date 1909(1909) Source Picture scan cyf
   
   
     

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     (1852 C 15 August 1909 in Hindhead) was from 1871 the second wife of the painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema and a painter in her own right. A daughter of Dr George Napoleon Epps (who was brother of Dr John Epps), her two sisters were also painters (Emily studied under John Brett, a Pre-Raphaelite, and Ellen under Ford Madox Brown), whilst Edmund Gosse and Rowland Hill were her brothers-in-law. It was at Madox Brown's home that Alma-Tadema first met her in December 1869, when she was aged 17 and he 33. (His first wife had died in May that year.) He fell in love at first sight,and so it was partly her presence in London (and partly the fact that only in England had his work consistently sold) that influenced him into relocating in England rather than elsewhere when forced to leave the continent by the outbreak of the Franco Prussian War in July 1870. Arriving in London at the beginning of September 1870 with his small daughters and sister Artje, Alma-Tadema wasted no time in contacting Laura, and it was arranged that he would give her painting lessons. During one of these, he proposed marriage. As he was then thirty-four and Laura was now only eighteen, her father was initially opposed to the idea. Dr Epps finally agreed on the condition that they should wait until they knew each other better. They married in July 1871 and, though this second marriage proved childless, it also proved enduring and happy, with Laura acting as stepmother to her husband's children by his first marriage. The Paris Salon in 1873 gave Laura her first success in painting, and five years later, at the Paris International Exhibition, she was one of only two English women artists exhibited.