Saturday February 22, 2020

When Lavery inhaled the heady scents of Seville

The Irish painter, best known for his portraits and depictions of war, visited the city in 1892

12th November, 2017
A Fair Spaniard, Mrs Chowne by John Lavery

Carmen, Georges Bizet’s ground-breaking opera of 1875, sent artists flocking to Seville. Visiting in 1892, John Lavery’s focus was on the women who hand-rolled cigarettes at the Royal Tobacco Factory.

They were ahead of their time, having held a strike in 1885 which won them better working conditions and the right to take their babies to work – the factory supplying the cradles.

Bonham’s has one of the five Lavery paintings of cigarreras known...

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