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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836 - 1912)
A Hearty Welcome
A881; oil on canvas; 30 x 91 cm
Signed and inscribed: L. Alma-Tadema Op. CXC
Prov: Sir Henry Thompson, Bt and by descent
Presented by the Misses H.G. and G.E.G. Watkins, 1955; WA1955.60
Swanson 1990, no. 236
An ancient Roman family returns home to a warm welcome. The figures represent Alma-Tadema's own family: the father is the artist, the girl below, his daughter Laurense. The central group comprises his younger daughter, Anna, embracing her step-mother, Laura. On the left, a nurse, modelled on Alice Search, carries the baby Pieter Rodeck.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.