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Sir John Lavery

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John Lavery (1856-1941) was an Irish artist whose career was launched when he was living in Glasgow and was commissioned to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 1888 state visit to the city. He became known for his society portraits, especially after his marriage to American socialite Hazel Martyn Trudeau. Lavery was appointed an official war artist for Britain in 1917 and was knighted in 1918. While his wartime scenes earned him ample attention, he was equally praised for his eye-catching landscapes. His paintings are characterized by their stark brushstrokes and realistic nature.

While Lavery was born in Belfast, now in Northern Ireland, he spent most of his childhood in Scotland and is considered to be one of the ‘Glasgow Boys’. The ‘Glasgow Boys’ were a group of artists whose late 19th c. works moved Scottish art into the modern era, often criticizing the traditional, Victorian style of painting that was popular during the time.

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