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Passion and Politics

Passion and Politics

edited by Logan Sisley

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Sir John Lavery painted Carson and Redmond and arranged to have them hanging side by side in a Dublin gallery. Redmond’s comment: ’I have always had an idea that Carson and I might some day be hanged side-by-side in Dublin!’ Delightfully produced, informative and easy to read.

Sir John Lavery and his wife Lady Hazel Lavery contributed hugely to the artistic life of Dublin, London and Belfast. Sir John came from a poor background but had tremendous artistic ability and was ably abetted by his beautiful wife who was a model, actress and bonne vivante.

There are pictures of her in this book as she was painted by her husband and photographed by Cecil Beaton. She became the model cailín that graced Irish banknotes for seventy years. Lavery was invited by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence to do a self-portrait. He took two years over it 'anxious to hand down to posterity all my good qualities.' This book paints a picture of Lavery having an uncomplicated approach to all he encountered in his lifetime.

The Laverys moved effortlessly between Unionists and Republicans. He supported the widows and dependants of the 1916 Rising while also enlisting in the First World War. The Laverys managed to maintain a pre-eminent position by being calculating self-publicists. They moved in the fashionable set as well as being able to move freely among all the different groups within society.

A hundred years on, Passion and Politics is a fitting tribute to a renowned portrait artist and his flamboyant wife 24 years his junior who straddled both parts of this island with grace and good humour.

Additional Information

Author edited by Logan Sisley
Publisher Hugh Lane Gallery
Publication date 14 Jul 2010
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781901702354

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