Bram Stoker Estate
 
 

Florence Anne Lemon Balcombe Stoker

B. 17 July 1858 at Cornwall, England

D. 25 May 1937 at London, England

Sketch by Oscar Wilde

    The fourth of six daughters of Lt. Col. James Balcombe and Phillippa Anne Marshall, of Kilkenny. Florence was renowned for her beauty, and in later years, for her tenacity as she brought suit against the German Film Company, Prana. Prana’s 1922 movie, Nosferatu, was clearly based on Dracula-- without Florence’s permission.

Florence-Stoker-London-Society-Argonauts

The Literary World 

29 October 1897

The Times, May 26, 1937

Stoker- On May 25, 1937, at Kinnerton Studios,

Knightsbridge, Florence Anne Lemon, widow of Bram

Stoker. The cremation will take place very quietly at

Golders Green to-morrow(Thursday) at 10 o'clock.

Please accept this as the only intimation.

In a lengthy article on the 127th exhibition of the Royal Academy, comments on portraits include this description of Walter Osborne’s painting of

Florence Stoker.


The Times (London) May 4, 1895

The Academy

...."Mrs. Bram Stoker” by Mr. Walter Osborne, who has til now been known for his very clever little paintings, in oil and water colour, of Irish street scenes. To many eyes this portrait will seem to have failed because the flesh tinte are somewhat dull and gray, and it may be conceded that this is a fault which will be ruinous if not cured; but in all other respects the picture reveals such power of composition and painting, and is so instinct with grace of line, as to distinguish itself from almost any other work of the year. There are three of four other white satin dresses on the walls of this room; one has only to look at them to see how fine is the quality of Mr. Osborne’s painting.

A Dublin friend of the Stoker family, Walter Osborne painted portraits of many members of the Stoker family.

Walter-Osborne-Stoker-portraits-Dublin

Page updated 20 October 2013

THE TIMES, MARCH 6, 1934

(ON THE ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF DU MAURIER'S BIRTH)

excerpt from

THE CREATOR OF TRILBY

A NOTE ON GEORGE DU MAURIER

DAYS FROM A DIARY

BY E. V. LUCAS


.......It was on the death of (John) Leech, in 1864, that du Maurier joined the Punch Table, the suggestion being that he should not worry about being funny but rather should lay emphasis on what was beautiful: a piece of counsel that must have done much to encourage and rejoice the new recruit, for if ever a man worshipped beauty it was he. Not only did he worship it, but he created it. The remark that, by his celebration in Punch of tall and graceful types, du Maurier added 2in. to the height of English woman has often been made; and, such is the imitative adaptability of women, it is probably true.

    To Bernard Partridge he once said that the three most beautiful women he had seen were Mrs. Stillman, Mrs. John Hare, and Mrs. Bram Stoker.

Australian Town and Country

26 January1889


A BIT CONFUSED

Sir John J. Millais, the artist is a man who; though young in years and still very fit for his special life work, has become somewhat dull in his perceptive senses, and is apt to be a bit confused, about names and faces. The other night at a Sunday, dinner party, while the ladies were trooping out of the room, Sir John, addressing one of them who was passing, said, " How  do you do, Mrs. Bernhard Beere?" "I'm not Mrs. Bernhard Beere," replied the lady tartly. "O, to be sure; how stupid I am!' How do you do, Mrs. Bram Stoker ?"(The wife of Henry Irving's manager.) "I'm not Mrs. Bram Stoker ; I'm Mrs. Beerbohm Tree," shouted the lady, still more snappishly. "O yes, of course.  How do you do Mrs. Beerbohm Tree?"

And then the ladies passed out ; and Sir John, turning to his next male neighbor, remarked, "Well, I'm sure she needn't have been so angry with me for mistaking her for Mrs. Bram Stoker, Mrs. Bram Stoker is a better looking woman any day. than Mrs. Beerbohm Tree." "Of that," replied his neighbor, with a bow, I can be no judge, for I am Mr. Beerbohm Tree.

Florence Stoker sketch by oscar Wilde

Florence and Bram moved to 4 Durham Place,

Chelsea in 1906 (or 07)

On this card to Douglas Sladen, Florence signed herself  as "F.A.L. Bram Stoker",

which has confused many over the years.