Mrs Luke Ionides
- Art Funded
- 102.2 x 115.2 cm
- Art Fund grant
- £40,000 (Total: £127,050; Tax remission)
- Mr and Mrs Wyn Jones and Mrs Polly Ionides through Christie's
The sitter wears a salmon pink silk dress with a silver gilt buckle at the waist decorated with fretwork including the figures of Faith, Hope and Charity (the original buckle is currently on loan to the museum). She holds a 'Tesbih' string of amber beads which, along with the mother-of-pearl inlaid dark wood table in the right foreground, may be a reference to the Ionides' Middle Eastern origin. Elfrida sits on an Empire-style sofa (the height of Aesthetic fashion) behind which is a screen of patterned Japanese kimono silk (of which the museum has several comparable examples).
Mr and Mrs Luke Ionides; by descent to anonymous vendor (through Christie's).