Friends of Hastings Cemetery
Alexander Constantine Ionides and his Wife Euterpe, with their children Constantine Alexander, Aglaia, Luke and Alecco
George Frederic Watts RA (1817-
Oil on canvas
150 x 183 cm
Courtesy the Watts Gallery, Compton
Alexander Constantine Ionides was the son of Constantine Ipliktsis (1775-
Alexander settled in Manchester in 1827, changing his surname to Ionides, and married Euterpe Sgouta (1816-
He was a merchant and stockbroker who took over the family firm when he was twenty, and by 1830 metropolitan directories list 'Ionides Co., Merchants' based at 9 Finsbury Circus, London.
He was appointed Greek Consul General in London from 1854-
He developed an interest in art and artists and became a colletor. He was one of the Directors of the Crystal Palace.
The Ionides home at Tulse Hill, south London became a gathering place for diplomats, church leaders, artists, writers and musicians.
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