Arts Everyday Living: The Art of British High Society–Portraits of Romance and Elegance

John Lavery, The Red Rose, 1923, oil on canvas, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland

 

Irish artist Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) was a celebrated society portraitist, immortalizing sitters such as the elegant and unforgettable Evelyn Farquhar below.  However, his favorite model was his second wife Hazel Martyn (1887-1935), who also was a painter, depicted in the dramatic The Red Rose above, considered one of his most popular works of art.

 

John Lavery, Evelyn Farquhar, wife of Captain Francis Douglas Farquhar, 1906, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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