Lucy Madeline Guinness (1870-1950) was the eleventh of the twelve children of Henry Guinness of Burton Hall, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, and his wife Emelina Brown. Having met Philip de László in 1892, it was not until his fame and wealth were solidly established that he was finally granted her hand in marriage in Stillorgan Church, on 7 June 1900.
This intimate portrait of Lucy was painted the following year, when the couple made a visit to the family home in Ireland after the birth of their first son, Henry, in June 1901.
'Connely', the dedicatee of this portrait, was the nickname of Lucy's younger sister, Constance.
We are grateful to Dr Caroline Corbeau-Parsons for writing this catalogue entry, which is included in the Philip de László catalogue raisonné online (www.delaszlocatalogueraisonne.com)
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