• 20th Century British And Irish auction at Christies

    Sale 7789

    20th Century British And Irish Art

    12 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 44

    Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A. (1856-1941)

    Portrait of a Lady in Blue

    Price Realised  


    Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A. (1856-1941)
    Portrait of a Lady in Blue
    signed 'J Lavery' (lower right)
    oil on canvas-board
    14 x 10 in. (35.5 x 25.4 cm.)
    Painted circa late 1890s.

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    Portrait of a Lady in Blue, a sketch of an unidentified young woman, is likely to date from the late 1890s when, for the second time, Lavery came under Whistler's spell. Studying the master's work at close quarters he observed that many of his recent canvases had been savagely scraped down after unsatisfactory sittings. Having visited the Prado, Lavery had also noted the dramatic alterations which his great Spanish mentor, Velàzquez, would make. Consequently his own pictures of the period 1898-1902 frequently bear the evidence of re-working and as in the present instance, the weave of the canvas-board shows through in places where a palette knife has been taken to the surface. Such small works, combining a vivid perception of character with colour scheme experimentation, enable the present example to be placed alongside canvases such as Nora, (circa 1898) and Lady with a Green coat, (circa 1900).


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    with Spink, London.