Keating and Lavery
Born in Belfast and trained in Glasgow, London and Paris, John Lavery settled in London , where he established himslef as a celebrated portraitist. His sitters included leading figures of international society as well as British royalty. This impressively large portrait depicts the artist's wife Hazel, her daughter Alice from her first marriage and his daughter Eileen by his first wife. The painting was begun in his London studio in 1909. Hazel Lavery is fashionably dressed in a feathered turban and richly coloured silk and satin Paisley coat. Alice is seated in a basket chair while Eileen leans gracefully across the grand piano. The family dog, Rodney Stone, lies at the feet of the two girls. In the background Ayisha, the maid, is seen entering the room bearing a salver of fruits. Also visible in the portrait is the artist himself. Reflected in a mirror, his palette and brush clearly visible, Lavery paints himself studying the group of figures he is portraying.
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