Artist: Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Dates: 8 January 1836 – 25 June 1912
Title of Piece: Sappho and Alcaeus
Brief Biography: Although Dutch Alma-Tadema had British denizenship. He incorporated his middle name ‘Alma’ into his surname so he appeared at the beginning of exhibition catalogues; by convention it is now hyphenated. Following the death of his wife and the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war he relocated to London with his small daughters and his sister. Hs work has been linked to the European Symbolist painters with his use classical motifs, unconventional composition devices, and coded imagery.