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Amy Hislop became Henry Tate's second wife in 1883 at the age of thirty-five. She was an extrovert, enjoying formal occasions, and it would appear that she encouraged his philanthropy. After their marriage Tate made generous benefactions towards several public libraries in south London before offering his collection of sixty-five works of recent British art to the nation. Bavarian-born Hubert Von Herkomer was known for his graphic illustrations as much as his portraits. His enjoyment of modern life was reflected in his passion for the motor car and experiments with film-making.

August 2004