The Vickers family commissioned a number of portraits from de László, including those of the sitter's two elder brothers; Oliver in 1917, which portrait is at Eton College, and Sholto in 1923. The artist also painted the sitter's cousin, Anthony, in 1928 and Sholto's son Alexander as a boy in 1935. The present portrait was commissioned by the sitter's father in celebration of his 21st birthday.
Angus Douglas Vickers was born 15 February 1904, the son of Douglas Vickers (1861-1937) and Katherine Adelaide Chetwynd (1860-1944). He was educated at Eton and studied at Magdalen College, Oxford. Vickers travelled widely as a banking apprentice in his youth, notably to New York in 1926 and Honalulu in 1933. On 26 January 1937 he married Phyllis Maud Francis, the daughter of Norton Francis C.M.G, at St. Mary's, Merivale, Christchurch, New Zealand. They had no children.
Vickers served in the Royal Air Force (TA) as 2nd Lieutenant in 1939 and after the war was an underwriter at Lloyds and a Justice of the Peace from 1946-68, Ross and Cromarty. He inherited Castle Tulloch from the widow of the 6th Davidson of Tulloch in 1920 and was a member of the Royal Company of Archers (Queen's Body Guard for Scotland).
In 1968 Vickers left Scotland to live in Portugal where he and his wife helped found and sustain a small international school in the Algarve. They also restored a villa to be used as a holiday home for visiting British Chaplains in the Algarve.
Angus Vickers died in Lisbon July 1990.
The Vickers family were also patrons of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) and James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923). A portrait of the sitter and his brother Sholto as young boys by Shannon is in the collection of Museums Sheffield.
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 British and Canadian Editor. Please see www.delaszloarchivetrust.com or contact email@example.com for more information or to offer any contribution.