Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Philip Alexius de Laszlo - Portrait of a lady wearing a peaked headdress (recto); Portrait of Sir William Younger, 1st Bt. (1862-1937), of Auchen Cast

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signed, inscribed and dated 'P. A. de Laszlo/London/1913.XI' (lower right)
oil on board
19 x 15 in. (48.3 x 38.1 cm.)

The Hon. Mrs de Laszlo and a team of editors are compiling the catalogue raisonné of the artist's work. Caroline Corbeau-Parsons is the British and French Editor. Please see or contact for more information.

To date it has not been possible to identify the sitter in this study-portrait. Her peaked headdress and intimate pose contrast with László's usual portrait commissions and make it a personal work, probably painted for the artist's own pleasure. Since it was his habit to paint alla prima and to discard the works he was not pleased with to start afresh, it was not unusual for him to paint on both sides of his board. A discarded attempt to capture the likeness of Sir William Younger, 1st Bt. (1862-1937), of Auchen Castle, can be found on the reverse.

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