Spencer-Stanhope, John Roddam

BORN 20 Jan 1829, Cawthorne, Yorkshire: Cannon Hall - DIED 2 Aug 1908, Firenze, Toscana
GRAVE LOCATION Firenze, Toscana: Cimitero Evangelico Agli Allori, Via Senese 184, Galluzo (2PPsSE III 07s)

John Roddam Spencer-Stanhope was a pupil of G. F. Watts and for a while he worked as his assistant. He travelled with Watts to Italy in 1853 and in 1856-1857 a trip to Asia followed. Back in England he was asked by G.D. Rossetti to join the Oxford murals project.

In 1859 he married Elizabeth King, a granddaughter of the Third Earl of Egremont. They had a daughter, Mary. In 1861 they moved to Cohham, Surrey, where his friend Edward Burne-Jones was a frequent visitor. He was the uncle of Evelyn de Morgan and also her teacher.

Spencer-Stanhope suffered from asthma and he often spent the winters in Florence. In 1867 Mary died there and she was buried in the English Cemetery in a tomb designed by himself. In 1877 he painted his best known work, "Love and the Maiden". In 1880 he moved to Florence permanently. He bought the Vila Nuto where he lived until his death.

The Protestant Cemetery was closed in 1877 after a new law forbade burials within the city. After Spencer-Stanhope's death in 1908 he was buried in the Cimitero Evangelico Agli Allori in Galluzo, just outside Florence.

Related persons
• was a friend of Burne-Jones, Edward
• used as a model Cornforth, Fanny
• is uncle/aunt of Morgan, Evelyn de
• cooperated with Rossetti, Dante Gabriel


The grave of John Roddam Spencer Stanhope at the Cimitero Evangelico Agli Allori, Florence.
Picture by androom (04 Feb 2011)


"Love betrayed".
(Bournemouth: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum)

The Pre-Raphaelite Collection, 2000
John Roddam Spencer Stanhope - Wikipedia

Sperry, Elmer Ambrose

Published: 28 Oct 2012
Last update: 20 May 2023