Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836 - 1912)
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, OM, RA (1836 - 1912) was one of the most renowned painters of late nineteenth century Britain.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema was born on January 8, 1836, as Laurens (later he changed to the more English Lawrence) in the small village of Dronrijp, in the north of the Netherlands. He was the sixth child of Pieter Jiltes Tadema, the village notary, and Hinke Dirks Brouwer. Later Laurens changed his name to the more English Lawrence, and incorporated Alma into his surname in order to have his name appear at the beginning of exhibition catalogues, under A rather than under T. His father died when Laurens was four, leaving his mother with five children: Laurens, his sister, and three boys from his father’s first marriage. His mother had artistic leanings, and decided that drawing lessons should be incorporated into the children's education.