ALMA-TADEMA, Laura (1852-1909). Artist and husband of Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
ALMA-TADEMA, Laura 1852-1909. Artist and husband of Lawrence Alma-Tadema
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Autograph Letter Signed (“Laura Alma Tadema”) to “Dear Kate” [possibly Kate Dickens Perugini], 2 ½ pages 8vo, 17 Grove End Road, St John’s Wood, 10 January 1898.
Laura (née Epps), who married the aesthetic artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema in 1871, was an artist in her own right. The Alma-Tademas’ relationship began when, during a trip to London, Alma-Tadema fell in love with Laura Epps at first sight. Her presence in London greatly contributed to his decision to relocate to that city over other European options and, having moved there in 1870, he began giving her art lessons. It was during one of these lessons that he proposed marriage, although due to some initial hesitance on the part of Laura’s father, the pair were unable to marry immediately.
“I was so pleased to get your letter & hear you’re coming tomorrow evening to see us, and we shall be very pleased to see your ensign – but if he is such a “great” dear, hadn’t we better have the doors enlarged before he comes? If it is necessary send me a line to warn me – all the good things I wish you so heartily for 1898, I shall keep & give you tomorrow.”
Laura Alma-Tadema was often painted by her husband and also enjoyed a degree of success as a painter of feminine spaces, often with a 17th century Dutch inflection. One of her best known works, At A Doorway, was painted around the time of this letter.
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