When I came across this self portrait by
Sir William Orpen
Painted in 1910
It immediately struck me that this dapper fellow should in fact be
gracing the screen of
His outfit is so up to date
In fact it is not simply the outfit but also the stance...very modern.
The Andalusian, painted by
James Whistler in 1888
could be on her way to
This painting by Sir John Lavery
could be a society portrait
in the current issue of Vogue, were it a photo instead of an Oil Painting.
Lavery was an Irish Artist and I have long been captivated by him
but more enthralling than Sir John, was his wife
Lady Hazel Lavery
One of the most beautiful women of her time she was reported to have been
loved by many important men
including some lascivious rumours involving Michael Collins.
I first came across her, like many others as the mystical
and serene lady who graced the Irish currency until the 1970's
and was then relegated to the watermark of our currency
until we converted to Euro's
a few years ago.
This is probably the most famous portrait John Lavery painted
of his wife, though he did reputedly paint over 400.
I am intrigued to learn more about this lady
That is why I have just ordered this book
and as I like to immerse myself in a world once I first dip my toe
I think as soon as I am finished I shall have to order this too