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Oil painting - Mrs Luke Ionides (1848-1929)
  • Mrs Luke Ionides (1848-1929)
    Richmond, William Blake, born 1842 - died 1921
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Mrs Luke Ionides (1848-1929)

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1882 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richmond, William Blake, born 1842 - died 1921 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    E.1062:1, 2-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 81, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case SOUTH WALL []

The sitter, Elfrida Ionides, was married to Luke Ionides, of the famous British family of art patrons. She wears a loose, flowing dress and amber beads. In 1881 the ornate sofa was illustrated in a book on advanced interior decoration. The screen is made of embroidered Japanese kimono silk. This setting and her costume epitomise the ideals of the Aesthetic Movement.

Physical description

Oil painting, portrait of Mrs Luke Ionides. The sitter wears a loose, flowing, salmon-pink dress with white lace at collar and sleeves, belted at the waist, and holds a long string of amber beads. She is seated on an ornate carved and gilt sofa with green upholstery, her arm resting on a gold-coloured cushion; an octagonal North African table is seen to the right of the painting. The screen behind is made of embroidered Japanese kimono silk.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


1882 (painted)


Richmond, William Blake, born 1842 - died 1921 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas


Height: 102.2 cm, Width: 115.2 cm, Height: 133 cm frane, Width: 145.5 cm frame

Object history note

Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund and the Friends of the V&A, 2003

Descriptive line

Oil painting, portrait of Mrs Luke Ionides by Sir William Blake Richmond, Great Britain, 1882.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Evans, M. 2015, 'An Aesthetic sitter on an Empire sofa: William Blake Richmond’s portrait of Mrs Luke Ionides' in D. Dethloff; T. Murdoch; K. Sloan; with Caroline Elam Burning Bright: Essays in Honour of David Bindman. London: UCL Press, pp.167-175


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting


Portraits; Interiors; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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