Sir John Lavery

Mrs Guthrie

1898

Artist
Sir John Lavery 1856–1941
Medium
Oil paint on wood
Dimensions
Support: 318 x 171 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1945
Reference
N05578

Not on display

Display caption

This tiny portrait study is of the wife of Lavery's friend the artist James Guthrie. They had married the year before. It may be a sketch for a larger portrait, or perhaps executed as a present. Lavery became a stylish portrait painter, especially of women, and like Whistler had a preference for dark colours and elongated proportions, but with a sharper sense of fashion. He began his career in Glasgow, where with Guthrie he belonged to a group of artists known as the 'Glasgow Boys'. They followed a French interest in painting out of doors. Lavery often began a new subject with a very small study, painted directly in front of his model.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N05578 MRS GUTHRIE (?) 1898
 
Inscr. ‘to my friend Guthrie’ t.l. and ‘J. Lavery 98 [?]’ b.r. (the figures now illegible but given in earlier Tate Gallery catalogues).
Oil on wood, 12 1/2×6 3/4 (31·5×17).
Purchased from the Nicholson Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1945.

Helen Newton, second daughter of Alexander Whitelaw of Rowmore; she married Sir James Guthrie (1859–1930), a leading member of the Glasgow School and a friend of Lavery, in 1897 and died in 1912.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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