Portrait of Lourens Alma Tadema (shown here with and without its frame). Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema OM RA (1836-1912). 1852. © Fries Museum, Collection Royal Frisian Society. Image at right (cropped at the left) provided by the Leighton House Museum for the purpose of reviewing their exhibition, "Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity" (7 July 2017 - 29 October 2017).
Alma-Tadema was born Lourens Alma Tadema in 1836 in Northern Holland. In his childhood, he suffered from financial uncertainty after his father, a public notary, died when he was just two. After a breakdown in his teens, he was diagnosed as a consumptive and therefore permitted to draw and rest. Upon recovery, he decided to take up art as a career. Moving to Belgium in 1852 when he was sixteen, he commenced a four-year training period at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, where he produced strong images like the self-portrait shown above, now on display in the drawing room of Leighton House.
Created 4 September 2017