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
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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