Ionides, Euterpe (1816-1892)

Freedom Fighters in Constantinople

   

signed, oil on canvas, painted circa 1860-70

61 x 81 cm

In original Imperial frame of 1800, original canvas and original French support

Provenance: Property of Lady until 2000

Exhibited: Greek Cypriot Brotherhood Centre, London – The Hellenes, 16th November – 18th December 2015, illustrated in colour on cover of catalogue and inside as number 1

Literature: Rags or Riches by Peter Constant 2013, page 412 illustrated in colour

Even after Independence from the Ottoman Turks in 1828 many parts of Greece and millions of Greeks remained under the Ottoman yoke for decades longer. Euterpe Ionides was a native of Polis who found her freedom in London after marrying a wealthy greek man . In this paintings  she reminisces and campaigns for the abolition of slave bazaars, slavery and Freedom for Greeks of the Ottoman Empire.