Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), Painter
A convivial and sociable personality, of ‘boundless’ vigour and ‘endless’ good humour,  with a fondness for atrocious puns and mechanical toys, he was described by one contemporary as ‘a short, sturdily-built man with twinkling eyes, cheery smile, hair parted in the middle of a broad forehead and small tawny beard’  and by another as ‘a rather short, broad, blond personage [with] a broad forehead, pale-grey eyes with eye-glasses, a big humorous mouth hardly hidden by a thin short yellow beard. His front face was blunt, jolly and unremarkable, but his profile was fine as an antique cameo.’ 
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Footnotesback to top
1) See Swanson 1977; Swanson 1990; Becker et al. 1996; Barrow 2001; and Barrow 2004.
2) W.B. Scott; quoted Swanson 1990, p.47. See also obituary in The Times, 26 June 1912.
3) Frederick Yeames; quoted in Smith 1926, p.211.
4) Hawthorne 1928, p.122–3.
Referencesback to topAlma-Tadema 1998
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