The Lady in White, Viscountess Wimborne (1939), John Lavery

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Capturing Elegance and Intrigue: The Lady in White, Viscountess Wimborne by Sir John Lavery



Painted only two years before the eminent Irish artist's passing, "The Lady in White, Viscountess Wimborne" stands as a testament to Sir John Lavery's prowess as a portraitist. This masterpiece portrays Alice Katherine Sibell Grosvenor, a prominent figure in early 20th-century British society. The daughter of Robert Wellesley Grosvenor, 2nd Baron Ebury, and the wife of Ivor Churchill Guest, Lady Wimborne was not only a seasoned society hostess but also a politically astute companion and later the muse of renowned composer William Walton.

Lavery's confident and rapid brushwork in this portrait, executed at an advanced stage in his career, reflects Lady Wimborne's vivacious and self-assured persona. Kenneth McConkey hails it as one of the artist's last great society portraits. The Wimbornes' complex journey, from their marriage in 1902 to Lady Wimborne's pivotal role during the Easter Rising and her later affair with William Walton, adds layers to the narrative.

The present work, painted when Lady Wimborne was 59, showcases her in a grand scale, exuding confidence and beauty. Her gaze, though over her shoulder, reflects a woman secure in her position. The detailed brushwork, influenced by Velasquez, captures the essence of Lavery's enduring talent. The portrait not only embodies Lady Wimborne's Hollywood-inspired glamour but also signifies the changing pace of inter-war Britain, making it a brilliant culmination of Lavery's distinguished career.

In this portrait, Lady Wimborne wears the same iconic white backless silk halter dress designed by Madeleine Vionnet, symbolizing the fashion-forward spirit of the era. Lavery's ability to depict her personality and style in such a large-scale portrait marks a remarkable renewal in his oeuvre. Lady Wimborne's portrait remains a captivating blend of artistry, history, and the evolving societal landscape of its time.

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