Sir John Lavery

Irish / Scottish (1856 - 1941)
Sir John Lavery The Dutch Cocoa House at the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1888 1888

Biography

Born 1856
Died 1941
Nationalities Irish
Scottish
Birth place Belfast
Death place Kirklees

Lavery rose to prominence as a painter of society portraits and contemporary scenes during the Glasgow International Festival of 1888. His determination to paint led him from his native Ireland to Glasgow where he tinted photographs to finance his art classes. He studied in London and Paris, returning to Glasgow in 1885. Lavery befriended the artists known as the Glasgow Boys, with whom he shared an interest in subjects from modern life. He enjoyed great success after his move to London in 1896, where he combined his talents as a portrait painter with an interest in contemporary events. Lavery was knighted in 1918.