LAVERY, Sir John. Portrait prints of Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith from the original paintings by Sir John Lavery, R.H.A., R.A. Signed in pencil by John Lavery, Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith. Published by Wilson Hartnell & Co., Publishers, Dublin . Stamped on lower margins ‘Artist’s proof’. Framed and glazed. 430 x 530mm. Both with fold marks, light stain to left-hand margin of the Collins image, some light browning to mount. In very good condition. A rare pair of portraits.
Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) was born in Belfast and received his training in Glasgow. In 1910 he married the American Hazel Martyn who, drew him into Irish circles in London. During the Treaty talks, he used his high- society contacts on behalf of the Irish delegates, and painted several notable portraits of Michael Collins, who became close friends of his wife. The Irish government commissioned his portrait of Hazel, which appeared on Irish banknotes from 1923.