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The Tennis Party (Two Pictures Left and Right) - Sir John Lavery - Framed Print - 16"H x 20"W


The Tennis Party (Two Pictures Left and Right) - Sir John Lavery - Framed Print - 16"H x 20"W

NB. This is a two piece print, a Left and a Right, and would look rather good either side a window or door way

Sir John Lavery RA was an Irish painter best known for his portraits and wartime depictions.

He was associated with the Glasgow School. In 1888 he was commissioned to paint the state visit of Queen Victoria to the Glasgow International Exhibition. This launched his career as a society painter and he moved to London where he became friendly with James McNeill Whistler and was clearly influenced by him.

Lavery was appointed an official artist in the First World War. Ill-health, however, prevented him from travelling to the Western Front. A serious car crash during a Zeppelin bombing raid also kept him from fulfilling this role as war artist. He remained in Britain and mostly painted boats, aeroplanes and airships.

He and his wife, Hazel, were tangentially involved in the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. They gave the use of their London home to the Irish negotiators during the negotiations leading to the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

Interesting Fact:

In 1909, Lavery married Hazel Martyn, an Irish-American known for her beauty and poise. Hazel Lavery was to figure in more than 400 of her husband's paintings.

Hazel Lavery modelled for the allegorical figure of Ireland he painted on commission from the Irish government, reproduced on Irish banknotes from 1928 until 1975

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