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Philip Alexius de László (1869-1937)
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Philip Alexius de László (1869-1937)

Portrait of the Marchioness of Douro, née the Hon. Lilian Maud Glen Coats, later 5th Duchess of Wellington, half-length

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Philip Alexius de László (1869-1937)
Portrait of the Marchioness of Douro, née the Hon. Lilian Maud Glen Coats, later 5th Duchess of Wellington, half-length
signed and dated 'de László/1922.VI' (lower right)
oil on canvas
38 ½ x 28 ¼ in. (97.8 x 71.8 cm.)
In the original frame
Provenance
By descent in the family until
Anonymous sale; Henry Duke & Son, Dorchester, 28 February 2002, lot 101.
with Richard Green, London.
Literature
Letter from Margaret, Lady Glentanar, to de László, 26 July [probably 1922] (DLA069-0036).
Daily Express, 10 March 1922 (DLA092-0099).
O. Rutter, Portrait of a Painter, London, 1939, pp. 279, 302, 364.
Exhibited
London, The French Gallery, A Series of Portraits and Studies by Philip A. de László, M.V.O., June 1923, no. 19.
London, Richard Green Galleries, Modern British Paintings 1880-2002, 29 May-21 June 2002.
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Lot Essay

This portrait was commissioned by the sitter’s mother, Lady Glentanar. She was delighted with the finished picture and wrote to the artist: 'I cannot tell you the pleasure it is to me to possess it, & it really speaks to me when I look at it. I thank you very much for giving me such a reminder of my dear daughter.' De László noted on the letter that he had charged 450 guineas for the commission.

Lilian Maud Glen Coats (1885-1946), was born at Belisle, Scotland, the youngest daughter of George Coats, 1st Baron Glentanar, and his wife Margaret Lothian Black. She married Arthur Charles, Marquess of Douro (1876-1941), great-grandson of the first Duke of Wellington, on 23 March 1909. They lived at Stratfield Saye in Hampshire from 1910. They had two children, Anne Maud Wellesley (1910-98), and Henry Valerian George, Earl of Mornington (1912-43).

We are grateful to Katherine Field for writing the catalogue entry for this portrait, which will be included in the Philip de László catalogue raisonné, currently presented in progress online: www.delaszlocatalogueraisonne.com. The Hon. Mrs de Laszlo and a team of editors are compiling the catalogue raisonné of the artist’s entire oeuvre. Katherine Field is the Senior Editor. Please see www.delaszloarchivetrust.com or contact catalogue@delaszlo.com for more information or to offer any contribution.
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