Anna Alma-Tadema

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Anna Alma-Tadema

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Born 1865 - Died 1943

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Anna was the younger daughter of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and his first wife who died in 1869. She was brought up in London by Tadema, and his second wife Laura, whose marriage was childless. Both Anna, and her elder sister seem to have retained into adult life, the timidity shown in the picture their father painted of them in childhood (This is our corner, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam). Anna was also the subject of a portrait by her father later in childhood (Miss Anna Alma-Tadema, 1883, the Royal Academy), which was used by [him] as a showcase for prospective patrons. Neither Anna, or her elder sister Laurence married, and after the death of their father lived in obscurity. In the case of Anna, this was extremely unfortunate, as she had considerable talent in her own right. She painted exceptionally good watercolours, highly detailed, and finished.

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  • Our thanks go to Paul Ripley, of the website Victorian Art in Britain, for his kind permission to reproduce this biography.
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