When I was in transition year in school I did a week’s work experience in the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork city. I remember coming back early from my lunch breaks and wandering around the gallery and staring at the same paintings day after day. A painting of Lady Hazel Lavery by Sir John Lavery hung on the high stair way wall and it was probably one of my favourites there. Despite the fact that I live in Cork, I actually had not wandered around the gallery properly since then – terrible state of affairs, I must admit – until about a month ago. I noticed right away that the painting had been removed from its spot, and briefly, feelings of sorrow and loss consumed me – I really wanted to see this painting again. Fortunately, the portrait had only been moved to the brighter upstairs gallery (straight ahead once you go upstairs) where one could properly admire the sumptuous work.
The Red Rose, Sir John Lavery, 1923, the painting that intitially captured my imagination
Hazel in Rose and Gold, Sir John Lavery, 1918