World of Dreams (1876). Lady Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema (English, 1852-1909). Oil on canvas.Lady Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema was one of the leading painters of the English salon painting of her day. She was a student and the second wife of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. She specialised in highly sentimental domestic and genre scenes of women and children, often in Dutch 17th-century settings and style.