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Mary, wife of Constantine Ionides

Oil Painting
1842 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

George Frederick Watts (1817-1904) had little formal training as a painter. In 1835 he entered the Royal Academy Schools but was rarely there, preferring instead to learn from his own studies of objects such as the Elgin Marbles.

Despite being a successful history painter, Watts is best known for his portraits. He painted many of the notable figures of his day including William Morris and Cardinal Manning. He travelled widely and exhibiting abroad, on the Continent and in New York, helped establish his reputation as a prominent artist. Watts was elected ARA early in 1867 and then RA later the same year.

This portrait was one of around ten portraits by Watts of various members of the Ionides family. Constantine Alexander Ionides was a keen collector of art and when he died in 1900 he bequeathed over a thousand paintings, drawings and prints to the Victoria and Albert Museum. This particular painting of his grandmother Mary is one of a group of 20 family portraits which, while part of the original bequest, did not come to the museum until the death of his widow in 1920.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil painting on canvas, 'Mary Ionides, wife of Constantine Ionides', George Frederick Watts, 1842
Physical Description
Half-length, full face portrait of an elderly lady with brown hair and eyes, seated with hands joined on her lap facing the viewer. She has a wart on the forehead. She wears a red and green turban, a green bodice edged with brown fur (the fur collar is partly covered by a lace one), and a striped red and brown skirt. Behind her to the left is the back of a crimson armchair; above is a dark red curtain.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 36.125in
  • Estimate width: 27.875in
Dimensions taken from Summary catalogue of British Paintings, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
G F Watts (inscribed on back)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
Object history
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides, 1900. However, it was stipulated in the will that this, along with 19 other family portraits, should stay in the family until the death of his wife - she died in 1920 when the paintings were received by the museum.
Subject depicted
Summary
George Frederick Watts (1817-1904) had little formal training as a painter. In 1835 he entered the Royal Academy Schools but was rarely there, preferring instead to learn from his own studies of objects such as the Elgin Marbles.



Despite being a successful history painter, Watts is best known for his portraits. He painted many of the notable figures of his day including William Morris and Cardinal Manning. He travelled widely and exhibiting abroad, on the Continent and in New York, helped establish his reputation as a prominent artist. Watts was elected ARA early in 1867 and then RA later the same year.



This portrait was one of around ten portraits by Watts of various members of the Ionides family. Constantine Alexander Ionides was a keen collector of art and when he died in 1900 he bequeathed over a thousand paintings, drawings and prints to the Victoria and Albert Museum. This particular painting of his grandmother Mary is one of a group of 20 family portraits which, while part of the original bequest, did not come to the museum until the death of his widow in 1920.
Collection
Accession Number
CAI.1139

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record createdApril 28, 2006
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