Hazel Jenner Martyn, Lady Lavery (1880-1935)
Sir John Lavery (Belfast 1856 - Kilkenny 1941)
Sir John Lavery had an immensely successful career as a fashionable portraitist, particularly of women, painting in a dashing and fluid style. His wife Hazel - pictured here - was a noted beauty and her husband's muse. John gave her an orchid daily, as can be seen in the picture. Hazel was chosen to be the figure of Ireland on the Republic's bank note. She and John stayed with the Londonderry family on a number of occasions in the 1920s and 1930s.
Oil painting on canvas, Hazel Jenner Martyn, Lady Lavery (1880-1935) by Sir John Lavery (Belfast 1856 - Kilkenny 1941), signed at top right corner: J. Lavery. A half-length portrait of the artist's wife, Hazel, turned to the left, her head turned back to the right.
On loan to the National Trust from Lady Mairi Bury (1921-2009) 1976, then accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the National Trust, 2013.
Mount Stewart, The Londonderry Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
J. Lavery (top right)
Makers and roles
Sir John Lavery (Belfast 1856 - Kilkenny 1941), artist