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PROPERTY OF A LADY AND GENTLEMAN

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, O.M., R.A.
PORTRAIT OF MISS AGNES MARKS
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 100,000 GBP
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PROPERTY OF A LADY AND GENTLEMAN

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, O.M., R.A.
PORTRAIT OF MISS AGNES MARKS
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 100,000 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, O.M., R.A.
1836-1912
PORTRAIT OF MISS AGNES MARKS
dedicated, signed and inscribed with an opus number l.r.: For my dear Marks/ L. Alma-Tadema Op.CCCIV
oil on panel
24 by 13cm., 9½ by 5in.
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Provenance

Given in 1890 by the artist to the father of the sitter, Henry Stacy Marks, London;
Christie's, London, 26 March 1898, bought by Gooden & Fox, London by whom sold 2 April 1901 to Agnew's & Sons, London, by whom sold 20 July 1908 to Leggatt Brothers, London;
Mrs Helena Sarah Young, by whom sold Christie's, London, 9 December 1932, lot 39 to 'Church';
Private collection

Exhibited

Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Autumn Exhibition, 1891, no.904;
London, New Gallery, 1891, no.131;
Birmingham, Royal Society of Artists, 31st Spring Exhibition, 1896, no.375

Literature

Magazine of Art, 1892, illustrated p.i;
Die Kunst Fur Alle, 1 October 1893, illustrated;
Rudolf Dircks, 'The Later Works of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema O.M., R.A., R.W.S.', in special Christmas supplementary issue of Art Journal, 1910, p.31;
H van Wickevoort Crommelin, Les Peintres Neerlandais, 1923, illustrated p.155;
Vern G. Swanson, The Biography and the Paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1990, p.242, cat.no. 342 (location unknown), illustrated p.442

Catalogue Note

Tadema did not seek to establish a career as a society portrait painter but throughout his life he enjoyed depicting members of his own family and his circle of friends, including the many artists, musicians and sculptors who attended his weekly musical soirées. He painted the daughter of the artist John MacWhirter and the wives of the marine painter Charles William Wyllie and landscape painter Ernest Waterlow and of Marcus Stone. It seems that he usually painted portraits of artistic friends in return for an example of their work; his portrayal of the sculptor George Simmonds was exchanged for a sculpted silver shield, the portrait of Giovanni Amendola was swapped for an example of the Italian sculptor's work and the portrait of Clothilde Enid Ford was given in return for a bronze bust by her father Onslow Ford. It has been suggested by Vern Swanson that the present portrait of Agnes Marks was a gift from Tadema to the painter Henry Stacy Marks in return for Mark’s painted contribution to the famous series of panels decorating Tadema’s studio at 17 Grove End Road.

Agnes Marks was the eldest of Henry Stacy Marks’ five children and a close friend of Tadema’s daughters Anna and Laurense. In 1890 when the portrait was painted, Agnes was unmarried – an unfortunate predicament for a woman of thirty-three. In 1892 Agnes’ mother Helen (nee Drysdale) died and only a year later her father was married to another painter, Mary Harriet Kempe. This may have caused a rift between father and daughter as Agnes immediately moved from her father’s house to Barnes. In 1896 she married Alexander Stuart, a doctor at the Charing Cross Hospital and two years later when her father died Agnes was the only one of his children to not attend his funeral. She died in 1920 aged sixty-two.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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