Tuesday January 28, 2020

Changing faces in the frame

The portraiture of Lavery and Boyd come under the gaze, and hammer, in London

13th March, 2016
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The Denial of Gravity by John Boyd (€3,900-€6,500)

In London this week, two works show the changing nature of portraiture over a century.

Glittering prizes were to come the way of the orphaned son of a Belfast publican, but when John Lavery set up his first studio in Glasgow, he worked as a photographic retoucher to keep the wolf from the door – until fate dealt him a plum.

The studio burned down and the insurance money paid for him to study in...

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