image Tyndall L, P0135
Image number: RS.9263
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Portrait of Louisa Charlotte Tyndall




Louisa Charlotte Tyndall (1845-1940, British)


Victor Zippenfeld (fl. 1834-1871, German), Painter

Object type



height (painting): 600mm
width (painting): 465mm


The sitter appears in half-profile, facing left, her face shadowed and her hair worn up. Louisa Tyndall’s dress is light brown, edged with lace and heavily embroidered panels in a leaf design. Around her neck, held on a claret ribbon, is a heavy gold pendant, with the word ‘ROMA’ just visible. Intended to commemorate her wedding and to be viewed with the companion work, John Tyndall.

Signed “V. Zippenfeld” [fl. 1834-1871].

Object history

One of a pair of portraits [the other, of John Tyndall]. John and Louisa Tyndall were married in 1876 and built a cottage at Bel Alp, Valais in 1877, the apparent date of these images. This suggests that the paintings commemorate the Tyndall wedding.

Royal Society Minutes of Council, 7 October 1976. “Reported the gift by Mr J. Proby of three portraits of John Tyndall, F.R.S., a portrait of Mrs Tyndall and a collection of Tyndall’s scientific books” [Royal Society Minutes of Council, Printed, volume 25 1973-1976 minute 40 p.207 meeting 7 October 1976].

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