Philip de László / National Portrait Gallery, London

National Portrait Gallery, London

Philip de László
27 March – 5 September 2010


Rarely seen works by the celebrated portrait painter, Philip de László, brought together for the first solo museum display of the artist’s work since his death over 70 years ago. This new display includes special loans from The Royal Collection and Chequers and will mark the completion of indexing of the de László archive at the National Portrait Gallery.

Philip de László

The Duchess of York, later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
The Royal Collection
Copyright © 2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Focusing on de László’s career between 1912 and 1925, the nine portraits on display include several of de László’s finest commissioned portraits of eminent public figures. These will be shown alongside a much less well known aspect of his work: intimate portraits of his own family, several of which have not been on public display before. One of the artist’s most accomplished paintings, a portrait of the 6th Duchess of Portland, will be on public display for the first time since the artist’s death in 1937. Star portraits include probably the artist’s most distinguished work, a portrait of the late Queen Mother (1925) on loan from The Royal Collection and a portrait of the American heiress Faith Moore (1920) on loan from Chequers. The display also draws from the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, including a portrait of Jerome K. Jerome, author of Three Men in a Boat, who was a friend and supporter of de László.

De László (1869 – 1937) was one of the most acclaimed and successful portrait painters of his generation but in common with many of his contemporaries, during the ensuing period of high Modernism, his work faded from public view. Like his forbear, John Singer Sargent, de László was a cosmopolitan figure whose sitters included European royalty and numerous individuals connected with the arts, science, politics, religion, business and fashionable society. Like so many portraitists, the work of de László lost popularity when his sitters became figures of the past and when the artist’s style lost favour after his lifetime. This display, curated by Paul Moorhouse, 20th century curator at the National Portrait Gallery with the participation of the de László Catalogue Raisonné team, reassesses his singular achievement and appeal.

Philip de László

Winifred Dallas-Yorke, Duchess of Portland
Copyright © Private Collection

Philip de László

Stephen de Laszlo, the artists second son,
Private collection.
Roy Fox Fine Art Photography
Copyright © de Laszlo Foundation

Born 30 April 1869 in Budapest, de László studied in Budapest, Munich and Paris. He soon received prestigious commissions and his portraits of the German Imperial Family and Pope Leo XIII attracted international attention. In 1900 he won the Grand Gold Medal at the Paris International Exhibition. By 1907 he had settled in England and painted portraits of King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra and Princess Victoria. By the time of his death in 1937 he had painted over 5,000 portraits, held 22 orders, 17 medals of merit, and in 1930 had succeeded Sickert as the President of the Royal Society of British Artists.

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