Philip Alexius de László

Lady Wantage


Not on display

Philip Alexius de László 1869–1937
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 955 × 745 mm
frame: 1235 × 1038 × 90 mm
Presented by the artist 1913

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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.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

N02957 LADY WANTAGE 1911
Inscr. ‘P.A. László 1911. VII. Wantage’ t.l.
Canvas, 29×37 1/4 (73·5×94·5).
Presented by the artist 1913.
Lit: Oakley Williams (ed.), Selections from the Works of P.A. de László, n.d. (1925), p.150; Owen Rutter, Portrait of a Painter, 1939, p.267.
Repr: Hesketh Hubbard, A Hundred Years of Painting 1851–1951, 1951, pl.102.

Harriet Sarah, Lady Wantage, daughter of Samuel Jones Loyd, 1st Baron Overstone. In 1858 married Robert James Lindsay (1832–1901), later, 1885, Baron Wantage, soldier and politician. Both were great benefactors of the University of Reading.

A sketch, painted one Sunday morning on Lady Wantage's return from church. Another portrait, begun in 1909 and exh. R.A., 1911 (338), is in the possession of the sitter's descendant Captain C.L. Loyd (repr. Williams, op. cit., facing p.148, and Rutter, op. cit., facing p.272).

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


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