Lady Laura Alma Tadema (nee Laura Theresa Epps) (1852-1909)

Laura Alma Tadema, born Laura Epps, was taught painting by Laurens Alma Tadema, whom she later married. Her first success as a painter was at the Paris Salon in 1873, and she was one of only two English women artists to contribute to the Paris International Exhibition of 1878. Otherwise, she showed her work at the Royal Academy (from 1873), the Grosvenor Gallery and other London venues. She tended to domestic scenes, paintings of children, and some classical subjects and landscapes. Like her husband, she signed and numbered her pictures, but the influence of 17th Century Dutch paintings, rather restrained in Laurens's work, was very strong in hers. As well, many of her works showed a sentimentality that is rather strong for modern taste: Love's Beginning, Hush-a-bye, The Carol and similar.

Always Welcome showing a child at her mother's sick-bed, is at the Russell Cotes, as is Italianate Scene with Ruin (and children). Hawking - Medieval is in the collection of the Bury Art Gallery, and Sweet Industry (1904) showing women weaving, is in Manchester. A pencil portrait of George Eliot (1877) is in the National Portrait Gallery.

Lady Alma-Tadema had two sisters who were painters - Emily, who studied under the Pre-Raphaelite landscape painter John Brett, and Ellen, a pupil of Ford Madox Brown.

Laura Alma Tadema worked occasionally as an illustrator, contributing to the English Illustrated Magazine.

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