Philip Alexius de László
Lady Wantage 1911

Artwork details

Lady Wantage
Date 1911
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 955 x 745 mm
frame: 1235 x 1038 x 90 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1913
Not on display

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De Laszlo trained in Budapest, Munich and Paris. When in 1907 he moved to Britain he had already painted portraits of many of the royal families of Europe, as well as Pope Leo XIII, and had married a member of the Guinness family.

Lady Wantage was the widow of an army officer. Her portrait is said to have been painted in a single session on a Sunday morning after church, when she was still wearing a veil and crucifix, and holding her prayer book. It is more likely that her costume was intended to represent this moment.

August 2004

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