Portrait of Constantine Alexander Ionides
George Frederick Watts (1817-1904)
Oil on canvas
57.8 x 50.5 cm
Museum no. CAI.1141
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides.
Before settling in London in 1864, Constantine Alexander Ionides (1833-1900) represented his father's firm in Constantinople (now Istanbul) . He made a considerable fortune on the Stock Exchange and began to collect pictures on a large scale in 1878. He left his collection to the Victoria and Albert Museum.