Title page from 'Mr Whistler's "Ten O'Clock"' by James McNeill Whistler, London: Chatts & Windus, 1888. Copy owned by Sir John Lavery. Fine Art Library 709.73WHI
Researching Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) at the National Gallery of Ireland
Being a favoured society painter of the Edwardian era, it is no surprise that many of the articles that feature the artist in the early 20th century are found in old copies of the Studio and Country Life magazines. Nonetheless modern biographies exist which discuss fully the artist’s career notably McConkey (2010) and McCoole (2010).
In addition the NGI library keeps a copy of the artist's autobiography ‘The life of a painter’ (1940), as well as an archive of personal papers and ephemera. Lavery’s painting The Artist’s Studio (1909-13) has often been directly compared with Las Meninas by Velásquez. A discussion of the influence of Spanish 17th century painting on artists like Lavery can be found in the exhibition catalogue, ‘The discovery of Spain’ (National Gallery of Scotland, 2009).
Baker, Christopher. (2009). The discovery of Spain: British artists and collectors: Goya to Picasso. National Galleries of Scotland
Fine Art Library 709.42/34
Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh. (2004). The Glasgow boys: 1885 - 1895. London: Fine Art Society PLC
Fine Art Library 709.41/34
Kennedy, S. B. (1997). Great Irish artists: from Lavery to Le Brocquy. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan
Lavery, John. (1940). The Life of a Painter. Cassel & Co. Ltd.
Fine Art Library 709.415LAV
McCoole, Sinead. (1996). Hazel: a life of Lady Lavery, 1880-1935. Dublin: The Lilliput Press
McCoole, Sinead. (2010). Passion and politics: Sir John Lavery, the Salon revisited. Dublin: Hugh Lane
McConkey, Kenneth. (2010). John Lavery: a painter and his world. Edinburgh: Atelier Books Limited
Shaw-Sparrow, Walter. . John Lavery and his work; with a preface by R. B. Cunninghame Graham. London: Kegan Paul
Special Collections 709.415LAV
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