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

Double portrait of Reginald Wright and John Brady Wright, his stepson, half-length

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Philip Alexius de László (1869-1937)
Double portrait of Reginald Wright and John Brady Wright, his stepson, half-length
signed, inscribed and dated 'de László/PARIZ [sic]/1927' (lower right)
oil on board
37 ½ x 27 ½ in. (69 x 95 cm.)
Provenance
Reginald W. Wright, Château de Brindos, Biarritz, France. 
Sold 30  August 1952 [unknown auction house].
Literature
Letter from Mrs Claude Beddington to de László, 6 July [1927] (DLA057-0105).
Correspondence from the artist, dated 6 November 1927, Paris (Chatsworth Archives, Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire).
Receipt from The French Gallery to de László, 17 January 1928 (DLA107-0095).
List of individuals enquiring about having their portrait painted, The French Gallery to de László [undated] (DLA107-0114).
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Lot Essay

This portrait was commissioned through the French Gallery, where de László had a one-man exhibition in June 1927. He was paid an honorarium of £700 for the portrait.

Reginald Wright (1898-1949) was born in Manchester. On 21 July 1924 he married Cornelia Harris of New York, at St Martin in the Fields, London. She was the granddaughter of former New York Mayor William Vermilye Brady (1811-1870). John Brady Wright was the youngest child of her marriage to Leland Harry Langley. Wright was Master of the Biarritz hunt near his Château du Lac de Brindos in southern France. In England he served as Master of Foxhounds for the Fernie and South Atherstone Hunts.

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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