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

Portrait of the Hon. Ivy Gordon-Lennox, later Duchess of Portland, in profile to the left, bust-length

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Philip Alexius de László (1869-1937)
Portrait of the Hon. Ivy Gordon-Lennox, later Duchess of Portland, in profile to the left, bust-length
oil on canvas
26 x 21 in. (66 x 53.3 cm.)
Provenance
Zofia Turowska; Sotheby's, London, 13 May 1987, lot 64.
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Lot Essay

De László completed three portraits of the sitter in 1915. This portrait is thought to have been left unfinished and was most probably cut down from three-quarter length. It is very similar in composition and dress to the finished picture commissioned by her fiancé, the Marquess of Titchfield. The artist gave a third portrait, of the sitter in her wedding veil, to the couple as a present on the occasion of their marriage that year.

The Honourable Ivy Gordon-Lennox (1887-1982) was the only child of Lord Algernon Charles Gordon-Lennox and Blanche Maynard. On 12 August 1915 she married (William) Arthur Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, Marquess of Titchfield, at Welbeck Abbey. De László was invited to the wedding and made a vivid pencil drawing of the chapel and congregation during the ceremony. The Marquess succeeded his father as 7th Duke of Portland in 1943. There were two daughters from the marriage, Alexandra Margaret Anne (1916-2008) and Victoria Margaret (1918-55).

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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