Sara Keating: Lavery exhibition showcases the artist’s ability to vividly capture a moment in time

The National Gallery’s exhibition collects paintings from Lavery’s well-travelled life as well as those depicting his adoration of his family – and particularly his wife, Hazel

March 1931: Irish portrait painter Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) painting Lord Lonsdale (1857-1944) as Lady Lavery looks on. Picture: Fox Photos/Getty Images