|Marie Spartali(later Stillman)|
Marie Spartali was born in Middlesex in 1843. Her father was a rich Greek merchant called Mickael Spartalis.
Mickael Spartalis was a member of the Greek community in Britain and occasionally he was working as a Greek consul in Britain. Her mother was Euphrosyne Varsami a daughter of an Greek merchant from Genoa.
Her childhood life helped Marie Spartali a lot for becoming a painter. The house she was living had a view over Chelsea and Thames and the setting was idyllic. Her father hosted numerous garden parties where he invited various artists and writers of London.
When she grew up she was notably beautiful and along with two other friends of greek heritage thei were labeled as the three graces(greek mythology). In one of the high society parties she met two great British figures Whistler and Swinburne.Since 1864 she became a student of Ford Madox Brown. Because of her beauty she modelled for many pre-Raphaelite painters like Whistler, Rosetti ,Spencer Stanhope and Ford Brown.She became herself a prominent pre-Raphaelite painter and until her death she produced 170 paintings.
|St.George by M.Stillman|
As a painter she belonged to the pre-Raphaelite movement. Her models were mainly female and her themes were English and Italian plays. She also painted Italian landscapes.During her life not much of her work was sold that's why she probably she underestimated it.
The London times in 8th March 1927 wrote: