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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema was a Dutch painter of special British denizenship.


Lawrence Alma-Tadema was born at Dronrijp, near Leeuwarden, Netherlands, Jan. 8, 1836.


Manifesting artistic ability at an early age, he was sent to Antwerp, where he studied under Gustave Wappers, and later under Baron Hendrik Leys, whose assistant he became.


Alma-Tadema's attributable works reveal a painter with technical ability, fond of romantic subjects from Merovingian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman history. In 1869 he exhibited his works at the Royal Academy and soon after moved to London, becoming a British subject in 1873. In England, his success was assured by the facility with which he reproduced certain fine details, and by the popularity of his humanized depiction of everyday life from the past. He died at Wiesbaden, Germany, June 25, 1912.