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Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.H.A., R.S.A.
THE CELLO PLAYER
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 112,500 GBP
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Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.H.A., R.S.A.
THE CELLO PLAYER
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 112,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.H.A., R.S.A.
1856-1941
THE CELLO PLAYER
signed l.r.: J. Lavery
oil on canvasboard
51 by 34cm., 20 by 13½in.
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Provenance

With the Artist until his death;
Spink and Son, London;
Patrick F. Brown, Dublin, where purchased by the present owner in 1996

Exhibited

London, P. Colnaghi & Co., John Lavery: Their Majesties' Court, Buckingham Palace, 1931, Portrait Studies and other Sketches, 1932, no.78 

Literature

Kenneth McConkey, John Lavery, A Painter and his World, 2010, (Atelier Books), p. 241, note 155

Catalogue Note

In 1929 Lavery was commissioned to paint a ‘portrait interior’ of Thomas Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden, and his family at Chirk Castle in Denbighshire (fig. 1). To the painter’s amusement, his progress was delayed by relatives who would occupy chairs in the centre of the room, hoping to be included in the picture. They had however, to be painted out at the insistence of Lady Howard de Walden, who required only the members of her immediate family to be shown. Because of its complexity, Lavery produced sketches of the younger children playing chess and the present picture – thought to represent the Howard de Walden’s second daughter, the Hon Elisabeth Scott-Ellis (1914-1946), the cellist.

Twenty-five years ago, when the present picture first surfaced with the Dublin dealer, Patrick F Brown, it was erroneously thought to represent the artist’s stepdaughter, Mrs Alice Gwynn, as a child. This was clearly disproven by the discovery of the Howard de Walden commission which up to that point was not thought to extend beyond The Chess Players (Tate), Lavery’s Chantrey purchase from the Royal Academy in 1930. 

Kenneth McConkey

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