A portrait of Anna Pavlova - drawing; charcoal & coloured chalk drawing

Lady Hazel Lavery's drawing captures the grace and beauty of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. The most famous classical ballet dancer of her time, Pavlova made London her home in 1912. The daughter of a Chicago industrialist of Irish extraction, Hazel Martyn Trudeau married the artist Sir John Lavery in 1909. She became one of the great society hostesses of her day and her husband's most frequent sitter. She was also noted for her own artistic abilities. Lady Lavery was a leading society and political hostess of 1920s London. Her close friendship with Irish politician Michael Collins was crucial in his negotiations with the British government over the future of the Irish Free State in the early 1920s. The Laverys were supporters of Irish home rule and heavily involved with Irish politics and politicians of the 1920s and 30s. Sir Lavery's portrait of his wife as the personification of Ireland was incorporated on the free state banknotes, which were in use from 1928 to 1975.
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42 x 34.2 cm
Lavery, Hazel
© Martyn McEnery
Object Material:
machine made wove paper & pastel

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