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.
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