• 20th Century British And Irish auction at Christies

    Sale 7789

    20th Century British And Irish Art

    12 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 50

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

    Portrait of Cynthia Zur Nedden

    Price Realised  

    Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A. (1856-1941)
    Portrait of Cynthia Zur Nedden
    signed 'J Lavery' (lower right), signed again, inscribed and dated 'MISS WEAVER/LAVERY/1931' (on the backboard)
    oil on canvas
    36 x 28 in. (91.4 x 71.1 cm.)


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    With the arrival of the Jazz Age, the era of grand manner full-length portraits was over and Lavery quickly adapted his practice to new, less formal conditions. By the mid-twenties the majority of his sitters actually sat - and greater concentration was given to facial features. Like the portrait of Rosemary Hope-Vere, 1929, the painting of Cynthia Zur Nedden was probably painted to celebrate her marriage and like this slightly earlier work, it adopts a delicate palette of pinks, golds and greens. In later years Mrs Zur Nedden was renowned as an animal lover and on her death in 1990 her home, Stapeley Grange in Cheshire, was bequeathed to the RSPCA, and is now used as a clinic.

    K.M.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Sold to Benefit the RSPCA, Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, Cheshire