Sir John Lavery

For BADA Week 2023 BADA British Art specialists Harvey & Woodd will be holding a curated exhibition of works at London's Cromwell Place Art Gallery.

The highlight of the exhibition will be this dashing portrait in oils by Irish painter Sir John Lavery (1856-1941). Born in Belfast and raised in Glasgow, Lavery's formal training came at the Heatherley's School in London and the Académie Julian, Paris.

He made his reputation when commissioned to paint Queen Victoria's state visit to Glasgow in 1888 and moved to London soon after to work as a society painter. An early commission by the art collector William Burrell, a portrait of his sister Mary, is  amongst Lavery's most celebrated works.

John Lavery, Portrait of Cyril McCormackAlthough commissioned as a war artist during the First World War, Lavery was unable to travel to France due to injuries sustained in a car crash caused by a Zeppelin raid. Instead he remained at home focusing his subjects to painting airships, planes and naval vessels.

For his work Lavery was knighted in the New Year's Honour List of 1918 and achieved further acclaim in 1921 when he was elected to the Royal Academy. Today, his work can be found in the private collections of many renowned galleries including the Tate Gallery, the Imperial War Museum and the National Gallery of Ireland.

Image Caption:

John Lavery (1856-1941)
Portrait of Cyril McCormack (1907-1990).
Son of legendary Irish Tenor John McCormack.
Oil on canvas.


Harvey & Woodd
Cromwell Place
United Kingdom