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Sir John Lavery

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Sir John Lavery

Artist Sir John Lavery (1856-1941), one of the leading members of the Glasgow School of painters.

Born in Belfast, Lavery was orphaned in infancy and brought up in Scotland by relatives. He was an apprentice to a Glasgow photographer in his teenage years, then he studied at the Glasgow School of Art and in London and Paris before returning to Glasgow in 1885.

Lavery's reputation as a painter of landscapes and portraits grew, and in 1888 he was chosen to paint the official commemoration of Queen Victoria's visit to the Glasgow International Exhibition. Thirty-four years later his painting of the House of Lords in session was exhibited at the 1922 exhibition of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.

In 1896 Lavery moved to London and helped James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) to found the International Society in 1898. During the First World War he was appointed Official War Artist to the Royal Navy. He was knighted in 1918 and was elected a full member of the Royal Academy in 1921.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 052 BAI

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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